The 19-year-old, valued at £58.5m on Transfermarkt, put in an impressive performance for Gareth Southgate’s men as England won their final group game at the European Championships to top the table. And even though he didn’t manage to get on the scoresheet or provide the assist for the winner, his performance was enough to see him crowned Star of the Match by UEFA and earning plenty of praise along the way.
And whilst there are plenty of things going on at the club right now, speaking on the latest edition of his show, Watts felt that, at least in his mind, making sure that Saka’s future at the club is secured should be the club’s biggest priority:
“I would be all over contract talks with Bukayo Saka even from this point. I doubt Arsenal are, I have to say, at this moment, they’ve got so much to do elsewhere, so many contracts to sort out elsewhere.
“You’ve got Emile Smith Rowe, who I’ve already spoken about, who Aston Villa are apparently coming back with another bid for. [Kieran] Tierney, hopefully that will be announced very, very soon and confirmed and signed very, very soon. You’ve got all the transfers you’ve got to deal with, but even so, Bukayo Saka would be right at the top of my priority list if I was Arsenal because he is a special, special talent.”
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This is very much the time to strike while the iron is hot for Arsenal, as it were. We’ve seen with the approach for Smith Rowe that Watts mentioned that Arsenal are arguably vulnerable to losing any player this summer given the state that the club is in after a disappointing year.
And with this summer’s championships a hotbed for clubs to try and find new talent, there might be a couple of clubs that might look at Saka and think they might be able to tempt him away to a better situation.
So if Arsenal are serious about making him a part of the future of the club, then a new contract does need to be seriously considered by those that are in charge – despite only signing a new deal last July.