Ex-Manchester City goalkeeper David James believes Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka should seriously consider moving to the Etihad.
The Citizens have been mentioned as potential suitors for the England international over the past year and James feels that Saka could be interested in joining the Premier League champions:
“I do like what Mikel Arteta is doing at Arsenal and Bukayo Saka is a big part of that, I can, however, understand why players want to move. Sometimes you find yourself in a situation where you’ve been at a club for a while, and even when things change, you still feel that you need a change yourself. If there’s a chance of Saka moving to Manchester City, then he’d be joining the best team in England over recent years.”
“Arsenal are currently the best team in England as we speak, purely from their league position, but more than likely Manchester City are going to challenge them for that position. The question is, would Saka be given enough game time at Manchester City? It’s almost guaranteed rotation when you’re fit because that’s what Pep Guardiola does. Anyone who goes to Manchester City knows they’re not going there to play every game… I believe he’d be a wonderful addition for Manchester City.”
Saka is currently locked in contract negotiations with the Gunners and both the player and Mikel Arteta have expressed confidence that a deal will be signed.
However, talks have been underway for more than six months and, during that time, reports of City’s interest have emerged.
Whether those stories have been driven by Saka’s agents as they try to get a better wage for their client or whether there is genuine interest from Pep Guardiola’s side, it remains to be seen.
James certainly feels that the 21-year-old would be a good addition to the squad and, with Riyad Mahrez not getting any younger, Saka could be a good long-term replacement.