Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta holds £162.7m advantage with Bukayo Saka tipped to leave


Bukayo Saka’s emergence at Arsenal has seen the winger’s valuation skyrocket despite making his debut just three years ago. And alongside other young players at the club, boss Mikel Arteta has an estimated £162.7million worth of talent at his disposal that he can rely on.

Saka made his Gunners bow against Vorskla Poltava in the Europa League in November 2018, having only just turned 17.

Since then, he has recorded 105 appearances for the club, scoring 14 goals and helping the club win the FA Cup in 2019/20.

His value has astronomically increased, with the star becoming one of the world’s most coveted youngsters.

Alongside fellow academy product Emile Smith Rowe, the two have transformed Arsenal from a mediocre attacking outfit to one of the more proficient in Britain.

And according to new research from the Football Observatory, which presents the ten most expensive U23 players in the world via position, both Saka and Smith Rowe rank in the top seven for attacking midfielders.

Saka is supposedly valued at an estimated £85.5m, owing to his superb performances for Arsenal, his versatility and his inclusion in the England national team at Euro 2020.

Elsewhere, Smith Rowe is valued at £77.2m – an indication of just how good his performances have been after he broke into Mikel Arteta’s starting XI midway through last season.

The two have a combined value of over £160m, which would be a huge sum of money if the club were to cash in on their high demand.

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As the two stars are likely to be the future of the club, there is no reason for Arsenal to sell.

But Matthew Upton believes otherwise – owing to the fact that if a club with a better chance of winning the Premier League comes in, Arsenal would likely have no other choice.

“I think we’re talking about a player who is early on in establishing himself at Arsenal,” he said on Stadium Astro.

“He’s an England international, but in terms of appearances made, ok, he plays every week now, but you have to do this over a certain amount of time before a move happens.

“Those players you referenced they’d played three or four seasons playing week in week out.

“Saka is a little bit away for that, he’s hugely attractive for a big club who are in a better position to win the Premier League.

“It wouldn’t surprise me at all because he’s a fantastic player.”



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