Arsenal are prepared to make Bukayo Saka the highest paid player at the club as contract negotiations continue, 90min understands.
Saka’s current deal expires in 2024 while the Gunners retain an option to extend that by a further year. But despite talks ongoing for a year now, a new contract has not yet been agreed.
Arsenal have been confident of agreeing a deal since September as they look to tie down three of their best young players in Saka, William Saliba and Gabriel Martinelli.
Saka is still on one of his first contracts with the club, meaning he is actually one of the lowest paid members of Mikel Arteta’s squad, but Arsenal are prepared to give him a huge rise.
It was believed that a deal of around £200,000-a-week was initially on the table, but Saka’s representatives are fully aware that his market value is now potentially beyond even that. Sources believe he will be offered a deal in excess of Gabriel Jesus’ – the former Man City forward is currently the club’s highest earner on close to £250,000-a-week.
Arsenal sources insist confidence is high that Saka will sign his new deal upon his return from the World Cup finals, where he is already starring after scoring two goals in England’s opening win over Iran.
However, Arsenal are also aware of rival interest and 90min understands that Manchester City would love to take Saka to the Etihad Stadium.
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Despite City’s interest, Arsenal are convinced that the club’s progress to becoming title contenders will persuade not just Saka, but also Saliba and Martinelli, to commit their futures to the club.
Both Edu and Arteta have themselves signed new long-term deals tying them to Arsenal in recent months, and they are making it clear to Saka and others that they fully intend on bringing the Premier League success to the club. They believe will be enough to convince them to commit their futures to the Gunners.
Marcus Rashford pays tribute to late friend with goal celebration
Marcus Rashford has revealed that his celebration following his first goal against Wales was a tribute to a friend who’d recently passed away.
The Man Utd man was in electric form for the Three Lions on Tuesday evening, scoring a brace and catapulting himself to the top of the tournament goalscoring charts in the process. In scoring his second and third goal in Qatar, Rahsford became the first Man Utd player to score three goals at a World Cup for England since Sir Bobby Charlton achieved the feat way back in 1966.
Speaking after the game to the press, Rashford revealed that he pointed to the sky following his first goal in order to pay tribute to his friend who passed away following a long battle with cancer:
“I lost one of my friends a couple of days ago. He had quite a long battle with cancer. I’m pleased I scored for him, he was a big supporter and good friend of mine. He was someone who came into my life.”
Rashford also gave an assessment of the game itself and his overall performance stating: “I fancied a free-kick in the first half, but the one in the second half was in a better position. From there it’s about being calm and executing what you do in training. They don’t go in often but I was glad it did today.
“It’s a great feeling. We were a bit disappointed after the USA game, and the only way to bounce back is to have a good performance in your next game; I thought we did it. It was just about taking the chances when they came.”
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Tottenham ask Inter about availability of key player
Tottenham Hotspur have made enquiries to Inter over right wing-back Denzel Dumfries, 90min understands.
Spurs are on the hunt for reinforcements at wing-back, with 90min previously reporting that one of Emerson Royal and Matt Doherty could be sold in January, while a loan move for Djed Spence looks likely.
On their list of targets is Dumfries, who is currently at the World Cup with the Netherlands. Inter need to sell one star player by the end of the season to help ease their financial woes.
It was previously thought that Milan Skriniar would be the man to make way, but he will either sign a new contract or leave for free when his current deal expires at the end of the season.
Instead, Inter will look to sell Dumfries in January and loan him back for the rest of the season, though Spurs would push to take him off their hands straight away.
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In addition to Tottenham, Chelsea are also interested in the Dutchman, and this could drive Dumfries’ price up.
Dumfries signed for Inter in 2021 as a replacement for the outgoing Achraf Hakimi, whose sale partly contributed to the exit of current Spurs head coach Antonio Conte.
He scored five goals from wing-back in his debut season at San Siro and has found the net twice more this term.
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