ARSENAL are ready to quadruple Bukayo Saka’s salary to reflect his status as one of their most important players.
The 20-year-old England star currently receives a basic wage of just £30,000-a-week, making him one of the lowest-paid players at the Emirates.
But now the club are preparing to offer him a new weekly deal worth around £125,000 to end any speculation about a summer move.
Manager Mikel Arteta has made securing Saka’s long-term future his top priority and has told the club they must keep their current Player of the Year at any price.
And that will mean a massive pay rise for the brilliant young winger who is now one of the hottest properties in English football.
Saka’s representatives have already been notified that Arsenal are ready to sit down and thrash out a new contract the moment the current season is over.
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His current agreement, which was only signed 20 months ago, still has another two years to run.
But Saka’s meteoric progress over the past two seasons has forced the club to reassess his value and hand him a deal which will put him in line with the club’s other leading stars.
Saka, who will join up with Gareth Southgate’s England squad this week despite suffering a cut ankle during Saturday’s 1-0 win at Aston Villa, is more than happy to wait until the end of the current campaign to open talks.
Like Arteta, he does not want to be distracted during the season’s run-in as Arsenal look to secure a top-four finish.