Arsenal are pushing laborious to tie Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and William Saliba right down to new long-term contracts, 90min understands.
The proficient trio are all out of contract in 2024 – which means their offers have lower than two years to run – however are seen as a key a part of Mikel Arteta’s plans as he ushers in a brand new period on the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners are at the moment prime of the Premier League desk, after successful 5 of their opening six video games, and Saka, Martinelli and Saliba have all performed important roles of their early season success.
Agreeing a brand new contract with Saka has lengthy been on Arsenal’s agenda, with the participant himself revealing on the finish of August that he’s assured of extending his keep in north London, and sources have confirmed to 90min that talks are progressing nicely between the 2 events.
Actual Madrid and Manchester Metropolis are among the many sides monitoring Saka, which Arsenal and the participant are conscious of, however there is a rising confidence that contemporary phrases shall be signed off earlier than the brand new yr.
As for Saliba, 90min revealed final month that negotiations had been underway to delay his keep at Arsenal, following a profitable couple of seasons on mortgage in his native France – a keep that noticed him topped Ligue 1 Younger Participant of the Yr for 2021/22.
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The 21-year-old was tipped to depart the membership on mortgage once more this summer season, however has as an alternative flourished as a first-team common beneath Arteta – pushing £50m Ben White into an unfamiliar right-back function within the course of – to bolster his standing as one in every of Europe’s most interesting younger defensive prospects.
Martinelli’s present deal, in the meantime, does comprise an possibility to increase, however Arsenal are eager to reward the Brazilian with improved phrases for the progress he has confirmed beneath Arteta – who’s anxious for all three offers to be concluded as shortly as potential.
Sources have confirmed to 90min that director of soccer Edu believes all three offers are heading in the right direction, with the Gunners hopeful that every one three could have put pen to paper by January.