Saka has had a slow start to the 2020-21 season but Arsenal fans will be shocked to hear that the Gunners are reportedly open to selling the England international
The 20-year-old has had a slow start to the 2020-21 season following a heartbreaking end to a productive Euro 2020 campaign with England as he missed a penalty in the final shoot-out.
Saka won the Gunners’ Player of the Season award last term at 19 and is widely regarded as their most promising young star among a host of them at the Emirates.
Without a goal or assist so far this Premier League campaign, manager Mikel Arteta has not been as reliant on the versatile wide man but will still not be keen on losing him, although a report from abroad states Arsenal would consider an offer which matches their surprisingly low valuation.
Italian outlet Calciomercato claim that Juve and Atleti are eying Saka up and it is said that the Gunners would be open to selling Saka if a bid of €50million (£43million) came in to north London.
The Serie A and La Liga sides are known for their more shrewd transfer business but the price tag seems low compared to the going rate of players of his pedigree.
It certainly seems unlikely Arsenal would even be open to selling Saka – let alone for the figures reported – given every time he has played 90 minutes this season they have won – their only three wins to date.
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Despite his all-round decent performances, the lack of a goal contribution in league play has prompted some to believe that the youngster is struggling after the European Championships.
He shone in the final group game and knockout stages before bravely stepping up to take the decisive penalty against Italy – subsequently and sadly receiving racial abuse during the aftermath.
Asked about Saka following the win at Burnley on Saturday, Arteta said: “Well, he hasn’t had a lot of preparation physically. I think there are still things to improve there, but he is trying hard.
“He is another one who struggled in the final minutes. But it’s great that he’s able to suffer and somehow come through that and manage these difficulties and adversities during games where it is not really going for him,” the Spaniard continued.
“That is part of football. He had parts where he was brilliant and then he struggled and then he was brilliant again.
“That is better than being brilliant and then to struggle, struggle and struggle,” he added. “So it’s part of his development and I’m really happy with him.”
Saka has been involved in the headlines for positive reasons this term, though, with supporters around the country giving him a warm reception after the torment directed at him post-Euros.
Opposition fans have applauded him on multiple occasions, with the well-mannered Gunners academy graduate being appreciative of his rivals’ class.
“I just want to say a big, big thank you to all the fans and all the people that went out of their way to send their love to me. I feel like in that difficult moment it really made a difference to me,” he told Sky Sports.
“The last two match days I’ve had – Brentford and Tottenham – in particular at Tottenham because of the rivalry and stuff, it was overwhelming to see them clap for me.
“I just want to say I really appreciate it.”