Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka has emerged as the latest youngster to be linked with a move to Bundesliga, with the player likely to leave the club in the summer.
According to The Sun, Arsenal are running the risk of losing Bukayo Saka in the upcoming summer transfer window, with the youngster unable to sign a new contract until he turns 18 in September.
As a result, the English attacker has emerged as a target for many clubs in Bundesliga, which has become a breeding ground for up and coming British footballers.
Although the names of the exact clubs remain in anonymity as of now, Saka’s move away from the Emirates will be a huge blow for Arsenal nonetheless.
Indeed, the Gunners have struggled with resources in the attacking department this season, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan struggling with injuries while Mesut Ozil has failed to make himself a regular fixture in the starting lineup under Unai Emery.
Thus, the pressure has been immense on the young Alex Iwobi but in Sako, coach Emery would have an additional option in the final third, whose tenacity and willingness to take on defenders could be beneficial in his high-octane attacking game at Arsenal.
Indeed, the 17-year-old is an exceptionally talented attacker, who, much like Jadon Sancho, likes to probe opposition defences with his nimble football while his explosive pace makes him a threat on the counter.
Sako has featured in 16 matches in this season’s Premier League 2, during which he has been involved in eight goals. Overall, the 17 year old has scored 10 goals and assisted eight more in just 27 matches in all of the youth competitions this season.
He made his professional debut with Arsenal in November, when he made a substitute appearance in the win over Vorskla in the UEFA Europa League group stage.
Since then, Saka has mustered only 123 minutes of professional football but with Arsenal short on the transfer budget in the upcoming summer transfer window and experiencing lack of resources in the attack, the English whizkid could have an excellent opportunity to break into the starting lineup.
On the flip side, however, a move to Germany could prove to be beneficial for the youngster, who will be keen on attaining regular game-time next season. And the Bundesliga clubs, to that end, already have a reputation of nurturing young players and considering the success the English players have had in Germany in recent memory, the transfer to Germany certainly makes sense for Saka.