Barca, Real Madrid Target Saka


Arsenal star, Bukayo Saka, could be a target for Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid, according to former Manchester United footballer Garth Crooks. The BBC pundit feels he could be on the radar of Europe’s super clubs following his heroics for the Gunners in the last two seasons.

Mikel Arteta has put his trust in youth this season, and it is paying off at the moment with the Gunners fighting for a top four spot with the youngest line up in the Premier League. Saka has been at the forefront alongside the likes of Emile Smith Rowe and Gabriel Martinelli.

The 20-year-old wide forward has established himself as a key member of the first-team since his breakthrough as a teenager. Saka has seven goals and four assists in 23 games in the Premier League this season, making him one of the standout young players in the English top flight.

The England international’s impact for Arsenal has alerted a number of clubs with Premier League rivals Liverpool and Manchester City pondering moves for the Gunners star. Crooks feels Saka’s form could see him attract interest from European giants outside England, with Barcelona and Real reopening the doors for English players to make the move abroad.

While Barcelona and Real will be attractive prospects for Saka if they come calling, Crooks feels like the Spanish giants will not be able to afford to sign the prodigious winger at the moment. Barcelona in particular, is not as financially flush as their English counterparts after suffering a major hit during the peak of the ongoing global pandemic.