Arsenal news LIVE: ‘Ukrainian Messi’ to cost £57m, Saka misses Kopa Trophy, Locatelli linked – updates
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Chelsea could launch a shock bid for Arsenal star Bukayo Saka just as Liverpool’s hopes of landing the winger begin to fade.
The Gunners, however, remain confident of tying 21-year-old Saka to a lucrative new contract.
But CBS Sports’ Ben Jacobs reports that Blues owner Todd Boehly sees the England international as an ideal signing for Graham Potter’s young side.
Surely the West Londoners’ main hope would be to dangle a big deal for a player tipped to be one of England’s main men at the World Cup.
It comes as reported interest from Liverpool and Manchester City has plummeted.
Meanwhile, Arsenal are looking to offer goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale a new contract.
That’s according to Athletic, who report that Ramsdale could soon be in line for a new deal at the Emirates.
This is after star teammates Bukayo Saka, William Saliba and Gabriel Martinelli renewed.
The England international has produced a series of stunning performances for the Gunners and his contract expires in 2025.
And Shakhtar Donetsk have raised Mykhaylo Mudryk’s asking price amid interest from Arsenal.
According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Shakhtar could demand up to €65m (£57m).
Romano said: “Shakhtar Donetsk wanted around €50m for him in August, probably €40m plus add-ons was enough.
“Today I’m sure they want a lot more than €50m for their star, it could probably go up to €60-65m.”
Finally, Arsenal ace Albert Sambi Lokonga has revealed he nearly left the Gunners and Belgium due to a lack of playing time earlier this year.
Lokonga, 22, joined the Gunners from Anderlecht for £18million last year but only started getting regular games this season.
The midfielder admitted he didn’t watch the Emirates much initially, which made him wonder if joining them ‘was a good idea’.
And it looks like the 22-year-old remains angry with Belgium boss Roberto Martinez for repeatedly leaving him on their bench.
Lokonga told The Last Hour: “I called him the day after the international game in March. I was really p****d off.
“I thought for a moment that I didn’t even want to play for the national team anymore. I was disgusted.
“Martinez said he prefers players who play regularly at their club. He was also not entirely satisfied with my training.