Sol Campbell has told Arsenal to tie youngster Bukayo Saka down to a further long-term contract amid interest from Liverpool.
Saka only penned a new deal last summer with his existing contract running until 2024 but his showings for club and country have unsurprisingly got outfits showing interest.
According to the Transfer Window Podcast, the player and his representatives are ‘interested’ in the prospect of a transfer to Liverpool, who could offer immediate UEFA Champions League football and the opportunity to win major trophies.
The Gunners have history of allowing some of their key players to run down their deals and Sol has urged his old club not to allow that to happen with Bukayo, who could go on to become a club icon.
‘When you get young players who just come out and do really, really well, you’ve got to protect them, you’ve got to secure them,’ he told talkSPORT.
‘When a club takes so long to secure the future of a player, if you wait too long, they’re going to get offers from other teams around.
‘Sometimes you can agree a price but if you wait six months [to get the deal signed] the price might now be different, it could be more.
‘So you’re thinking, why didn’t you secure that price six months ago, when you would have paid less money, secured the player and everyone would be happy, instead of trying to drag it out and trying to be clever with negotiations?’