Man City are reportedly ‘planning to sign’ Bukayo Saka and Jude Bellingham as the England duo feature heavily in the club’s ‘future plans’.
If Manchester City are able to pull this off, their Premier League rivals may as well give up now.
The Premier League holders already have a pretty unfair squad and adding the England pair into the equation is a scary prospect.
Saka is out of contract in 2024 and he is in the form of his life at the moment for England and Arsenal.
The winger was involved in ten goals in 14 Premier League outings before the World Cup and he then scored three goals for England in Qatar.
The Gunners are desperate to keep their academy product at the club long-term.
Gabriel Martinelli and William Saliba are also out of contract in 2024. Back in October, Fabrizio Romano suggested that Saka and Martinelli “both want to continue” at Arsenal.
“Martinelli spoke to the English press after Arsenal’s win over Liverpool and he confirmed his intentions very clearly – he wants to stay at Arsenal. His agents are already in discussions over a new contract.
“Arsenal want to extend him and Bukayo Saka – another top young player who’s very happy with everything at Arsenal.
“The project looks fantastic and this is why Saka and Martinelli both want to continue. Work is in progress on both players to determine the salary and the length of the deals.”
But according to 90min, Man City are ready to test Saka’s resolve.
They state that ‘plans are being drawn up to strengthen Pep Guardiola’s squad with Saka and Bellingham’.
Man City are ‘taking an active interest’ in Saka’s ongoing contract talks, with Arsenal willing to make him the club’s ‘highest-paid player’.
More talks are scheduled between Arsenal and Saka now that England’s run at the World Cup is over.
But Guardiola’s side are primed as ‘it’s likely that City will be given the green light to pursue a deal in 2023’ if Saka ‘doesn’t agree a renewal’.
As for Bellingham, Man City ‘firmly believe’ that they can sign him ahead of Liverpool and Real Madrid.
It is suggested that Bellingham’s relationship with Erling Haaland ‘could be key to luring him to the Etihad’.
The report adds that Man City would not be battling for Bellingham ‘if they did not believe there was a real chance of landing him’.
Though it is noted that ‘it will not be easy’ for City to sign Bellingham as Liverpool and Real Madrid have put forward ‘compelling cases’.
It has been suggested that Bellingham could cost as much as £13om next summer.
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