The Gunners boss has been told that Bukayo Saka could be worth as much as £200million by one former Arsenal star, while another likened the Emirates ace to Lionel Messi

Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka has had a £200million price tag slapped on his head and has been compared to Lionel Messi after his glorious goal during the Gunners’ opening game against Nottingham Forest.

The Arsenal academy graduate is now widely viewed as one of the best players in the Premier League despite still only being 21 years of age, but some clearly feel that the sky is the limit for Saka. The England ace saw his season get off to a great start against Forest when he curled home a stunning left-footed effort from outside the box, which left his former team-mate Matt Turner diving in vain.

Hopes are high among the Emirates faithful that Saka can be the one to inspire Arsenal to title glory this time around after their second-placed finish last term. His recent contract extension was undoubtedly a more important piece of business than any new arrival but were Saka to ever leave, one ex-Gunner thinks he’d fetch quite the fee.

When asked how much Saka is worth currently, Johan Djourou exclusively told Ladbrokes Fanzone: “Players like Saka are so important to this Arsenal side; more often than not he’s the guy who makes the difference.

“When you look at the amount of money that’s been spent on players in this transfer window if a Man City or someone was to come in for Saka this summer, I think they’d have to go as high as maybe £200m.

“I’d say £200m because, in this day and age, it’s difficult to understand the value of players in the market. Especially English players, who always seem to go for a little bit more. It’s tough to actually say how much he’s worth.”

High praise indeed, but Djourou isn’t the only one to recently wax lyrical about Saka’s influence on this Arsenal side. Former Chelsea ace and three-time Premier League winner Joe Cole also spoke glowingly about the Gunners number seven and compared him to a footballing great.

Cole told TNT Sports: “I don’t think there’s anyone else in world football, apart from maybe the main man who’s on the slide now [Lionel] Messi, who has got a left foot as good as his coming in from that position.”

Saka was one of the only players in the entire Premier League last term to end the campaign with both his goals and assists tally hitting double figures. In the eyes of many, he remains the poster boy and talisman for this Arsenal side, despite the arrival of £105m man Declan Rice this summer.

Up next for the Gunners is a tricky trip to Selhurst Park on Monday evening, where Saka will be aiming to add to his tally as Arsenal search for their second win of the season.

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