Scouting expert: Manchester City could make £70m move for Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka
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Manchester City could make a £70m move for Arsenal star Bukayo Saka to replace Raheem Sterling this summer, according to Dave Azzopardi.
The Gunners have done business twice with City this summer, signing Gabriel Jesus and Oleksander Zinchenko while Raheem Sterling moved to Chelsea as Pep Guardiola’s side trimmed the fat.
But reports emerged that Saka could be targeted [The Sun, July 23] as he enters the final two years of his contract at the Emirates Stadium, and Azzopardi believes the north London club should be demanding between £60m-70m for their star man.
“He’s a very good player,” he told The Football Wonderkids.
“He deserves to be playing in the top part of the Premier League, which I suppose he is with Arsenal, but we’ve seen it with a couple of players. City are really trying to wash the English talent again. They brought in Kalvin Phillips, still got Grealish and so on.
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“Saka is definitely a good player, whose fairly versatile. I think he’d fit in really well at Manchester City. It would be really interesting if he makes the move, but obviously Arsenal fans will be devastated if he goes. But it’s a move I could definitely see City making.
“I think, obviously quite a bit younger than Sterling but not got the experience or silverware. I think you’ve got to be talking for Saka, £60-70m at least. At least. I think the market is so strange at the moment.
“I think there have been some ridiculously good deals this summer, but for Saka yeah if I was Arsenal I’d be holding out for at least that much.“
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