Arsenal could be about to secure back-up to Bukayo Saka after new contract

Arsenal could be about to secure back-up to Bukayo Saka following reports the Gunners star has put pen to paper on a new long-term deal. Reiss Nelson has been offered another contract and he could be the player Mikel Arteta has been looking for.

Arteta knows he cannot continue to rely on Saka as much as he has in the last two seasons. The England star has featured in every Premier League match in that time and has played over 1000 more minutes than the likes of Jack Grealish, Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden at Manchester City this term.

Saka is also now a nailed-on starter for his country and played all but five minutes of the two Euro 2024 qualifiers in March. The 21-year-old is in danger of being burnt out at an early point in his career.

Arteta wanted to sign competition for Saka last year but missed out on a deal for Raphinha. A large chunk of this summer’s budget will be reserved for signing at least one expensive midfielder, with Declan Rice the top target.

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Arteta could therefore look from within for a player to play second fiddle to Saka. Nelson’s contract at Arsenal expires at the end of June but Arteta is keen for him to stay.

The 23-year-old has turned down initial offers of renewal but Fabrizio Romano claims he has now been given a new proposal by the Gunners. He claims Arsenal want to tie Nelson down to a four-year deal, with the option of extending it a further year to 2028.

Nelson must now decide whether he sees his future in north London. Clubs from England, Italy and France have all made contact over a possible free transfer.

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