According to reports, Bukayo Saka’s new contract will enable him to ‘keep his options open’ and Arsenal could ‘cash in’ on him in ‘two years’ time’.
One of Arsenal’s priorities in recent months has been to tie their best players down to long-term contracts.
Gabriel Martinelli, Aaron Ramsdale and Saka have all committed their futures to the club and they are also understood to be in talks with Martin Odegaard and William Saliba.
Saka has been one of Arsenal’s best players this term as he has helped them mount an unexpected challenge for the Premier League title. He has grabbed 13 goals and 11 assists in the league.
His new deal keeps him at the club until 2027 and The Daily Mail are reporting that Arsenal did not ‘insert a release clause’ in his contract.
Their report claims this ‘compromise suits both parties’ and it gives Saka – who is valued at €110m by transfermarkt – the ‘option’ to leave in 2025.
‘Arsenal resisted requests to insert a release clause in Bukayo Saka’s new contract and instead agreed to give the England forward a shorter deal than many had expected, with the 21-year-old signing on for four more years this week.
‘The compromise suits both parties, with Arsenal protecting Saka’s transfer value and the player keeping his options open should he wish to move in two years’ time, when the club will either cash in or offer him another new deal.
‘Unlike some Premier League clubs, Arsenal are reluctant to follow the European model of giving players set release clauses and prefer to trust in the negotiating skills of their transfer team, lead by sporting director Edu.
‘Saka’s contract has trebled his basic wages to about £200,000 a week, but he could earn as much as £290,000 if performance targets are met.’
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After extending his stay at Arsenal, Saka insisted that the London outfit are the “right club” for him.
“I’m just really happy. There’s been a lot of talking and it’s been a while, but I’m here now. I think this is the right club, the right place to make the next step. It’s a beautiful club – look where we are.
“For me, it’s about achieving my personal ambitions – how much I push myself and demand from myself each game, week in, week out. Then I have all the right people around me in terms of family, and when I come to the training ground, my team-mates, the coaching staff.
“I think I have everything I need to become the best player I can be, and that’s why I’m happy to stay here and be here for the future, because I really believe that we can achieve big things.”
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