Amid reports that Bukayo Saka is “very interested” in a move to Liverpool, ESPN claims that the Reds could make a move to sign him if Arsenal don’t qualify for the Champions League.
Liverpool have just added Luis Diaz to their already glittering attacking lineup yet they’re reportedly already identifying ways in which to reinforce their side and it could weaken Mikel Arteta’s side immensely.
On Wednesday, Anfield Central covered a report from Four Four Two that claimed a “mega-contract” is planned for the Arsenal forward to ward off interest from Liverpool and Manchester City amid interest from the Premier League’s leading clubs.
Now ESPN claims that the Premier League’s top two sides are both ‘watching the progress’ of the 20-year-old and ‘could make a move if the Gunners fail to qualify for the Champions League.’
Saka will be out of contract at the Emirates in 2023 so Arsenal will already be in a state of panic concerning their most important player.
Significantly, if Arsenal fail to finish inside the top four, it could also cost Arteta his job if fans were to see one of the best local talents the club has produced in recent years leave to join Liverpool.
Arsenal are sixth in the Premier League behind West Ham and Manchester United and will also need to compete with Tottenham and Wolves for the final Champions League spot as the season begins to heat up.
For Liverpool, they’re looking up as they look to devour the nine-point gap between them and Manchester City but Reds fans will now be keeping a close eye on the battle for top four.
Liverpool are interested in Saka, according to Ian McGarry, who reported on the Transfer Podcast on New Year’s Day that “Liverpool would provide the opportunity and platform for him to play and compete at the highest level and that would certainly be something that I’m told he and his representatives are very interested in.”
Saka is worth around £58million and is enjoying a brilliant season for Arsenal, shouldering much of the attacking responsibility for a young, entertaining side but he will want to start competing for major honours.
The 20-year-old has 7 goals and 4 assists for Arteta’s side this season and there’s no telling what he could evolve into under Klopp’s guidance.