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Arsenal prolong Bukayo Saka, William Saliba contracts by a 12 months amid long-term negotiations

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Arsenal have activated clauses to increase the contracts of Bukayo Saka and William Saliba by an additional 12 months as talks proceed over long-term agreements, sources have advised ESPN.

Each gamers have been getting into the ultimate six months of their current offers however the Gunners have triggered extensions preserving the pair on the membership till 2024.

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Negotiations are ongoing with Saka, Saliba and Gabriel Martinelli — who’s contracted till 2024 with Arsenal holding an possibility to increase by an additional two seasons — as sources insist the Premier League leaders are assured of securing their futures past subsequent 12 months.

Saka will command an enormous improve in wage after establishing himself as a key participant in Mikel Arteta’s aspect earlier than having fun with a powerful World Cup marketing campaign with England in Qatar. Sources with information of Saka’s talks recommend he’s in line for an enormous soar to round £200,000-a-week though the exact phrases are as but unclear.

Arsenal are additionally privately bullish about retaining Saliba after his beautiful begin to life in England. The 21-year-old signed from Saint Etienne for £27 million in 2019 however returned to the Ligue 1 membership on a season-long mortgage earlier than languishing in Arsenal’s reserves previous to additional non permanent spells at Good after which Marseille.

It appeared at one stage that he could not ever play for Arsenal however a vastly spectacular marketing campaign with Marseille final time period — named Ligue 1 Younger Participant of the Yr — satisfied Arteta to present Saliba an opportunity and he has not regarded again, beginning all 16 league video games this season.

Saliba’s dramatic rise has created expectations of a major wage improve. The identical is true of Martinelli, though there’s much less urgency in that case given the stronger hand Arsenal have in negotiations created by the potential of extending by to 2026.

In November, Martinelli gave a transparent indication of his need to commit his future to the Gunners, declaring: “I like every little thing about Arsenal so I need to keep. I simply have to get a pen [to sign a new contract].”

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