Nigeria Accelerates Plans To Grab Arsenal Wunderkind Bukayo Saka From Under The Nose Of England As Super Eagles Want To Summon Younger For Next Round Of International Matches
- Nigeria wants to seduce Bukayo Saka to scare England from the Super Eagles
- The Arsenal youngster has had an excellent breakthrough season at the club
- The 18-year-old played for England at a youth level but is still undecided
- Nigeria plans to forward the youngster quickly to the next senior team
Nigeria is accelerating their efforts to seize Arsenal prodigy Bukayo Saka from England.
The 18-year-old emerges as a real contender for breaking into Gareth Southgate’s squad after a string of excellent shows for his club.
He has represented England at a junior level and currently plays for the Under 19 side, but is at least lining up for a promotion to the Under 21s.
Nigeria is looking for Bukayo Saka to progress more quickly to the seniors for England
The Arsenal youngster had a breakthrough season and is on the verge of a call-up
Nigeria is willing to quickly transfer the left utility player to the senior lineup, hoping to convince him to choose an international career with the Super Eagles.
Their plan to seduce Saka has faded in recent weeks due to the long delay in international football due to the corona virus. But with the national team’s games returning in September, the Nigeria Football Federation will step up their efforts, while Saka still has to make a final decision.
In recent years, Nigeria successfully persuaded Alex Iwobi, Ola Aina and Victor Moses to switch from England.
He represented England at a youth level, but has yet to make a decision about his future
Nigeria has convinced Alex Iwobi and Victor Moses to betray England in the past
However, they failed to seduce Chelsea pair Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori earlier this season after both players committed their international future to England.
Meanwhile, Arsenal are preparing their first move to attempt to tie down captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with a contract offer in the region of £ 250,000 a week for bonuses.
The Aubameyang deal, which is initially worth £ 200,000 a week, is set to expire next summer. Manager Mikel Arteta would like the striker’s future to be resolved quickly – by telling the club this week ‘the faster we do it, for me personally, the better’ – and an opening bid is made.
Meanwhile, Arsenal are preparing their first move to tie up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Arteta is optimistic about a positive result, although Arsenal must convince 31-year-old Aubameyang that his future lies with the Emirates, both with their financial conditions and plans to strengthen the squad.
Despite Aubameyang’s 25 goals this season, Arsenal is 10th in the Premier League, but they still have one last chance at silverware after reaching the FA Cup final thanks to his semifinal against Manchester City.
Since joining Arsenal in 2018, Aubameyang has scored 66 goals in 107 games, but he has no trophies for his efforts, having lost in the 2018 EFL Cup final and Europa League 2019 final.