Arsenal star Bukayo Saka’s incredible spell of form throughout the last couple of Premier League seasons has seen the English star linked with a move to title hopefuls Liverpool in recent months – although there will be ‘riots’ at the Gunners if Mikel Arteta decides to sell their star asset to the Reds, claims Steve McManaman.
Saka, 20, has featured in every Premier League game this season, racking up six goals and four assists in just 20 games for one of the Premier League’s most exciting outfits.
Alongside Emile Smith Rowe, Gabriel Martinelli, Ben White and Aaron Ramsdale, a new-look side at the Emirates has caught the eye of many pundits and fans across the world.
And Saka has been arguably the most impressive of that contingent, having already made 112 appearances for the Gunners at the age of just 20.
However, despite singing his praises as one of the best players in the Arsenal team, former Liverpool and Real Madrid star McManaman claims that if his sale was sanctioned, there would be ‘riots’ – issuing a warning to Arteta in the process.
“However, there’s no way on earth that Arsenal will let him go unless it’s a case of his contract running out.
“He’s such a young lad but still a leading figure in that Arsenal side and he’s improving every single year, so there would be riots if Arsenal let him join Liverpool.”
With doubts over Mohamed Salah’s long-term future at Anfield, Saka could be considered as his successor.
Although the Egyptian undoubtedly has a better goals-to-games ratio, Saka could offer youth and a sense of long-term planning at Liverpool.
Salah has been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona amongst others, with his deal due to expire in 18 months.
Owners FSG have yet to meet his demands, with the former Roma winger reportedly claiming he has ‘done all he can’ to convince them to give him a new deal.
However, if that cannot be arranged then Salah will not be short of suitors throughout the continent.