Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is preparing to get back to work next week after the coronavirus crisis hit the club.
Arteta tested positive for the illness leaving his squad spending time in self-isolation as Premier League action was suspended.
But they are expected to reconvene next week – and Arteta has already identified his top priority to sort with a matter of urgency.
According to The Telegraph, Arteta knows he must try and tie down Bukayo Saka as a matter of urgency after his remarkable run of form.
He plans to sit down with Saka and his representatives as soon as possible in a bid to resolve his future as he enters the final 15 months of his contract.
Manchester United and Liverpool have been linked with a move for Saka as numerous top clubs monitor his uncertain situation at the Emirates.
The local lad has made his breakthrough after being handed an opportunity under Unai Emery and featuring regularly when interim boss Freddie Ljungberg took charge.
He has flourished at left-back under Mikel Arteta, making the unfamiliar role his own and racking up nine assists in all competitions.
But he is believed to see his future higher up the pitch in a more attacking capacity as he ponders his options.
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Despite becoming a key member of the side, he remains on his old contract worth around £7,000 a week and can expect a major increase when he pens new terms wherever that may be.
Discussing Saka's contract situation earlier this month, Arteta said: "The club is doing what it has to do and is having conversations, [and hopefully] we’ll get it resolved."
The situation has been delayed by the coronavirus situation which has struck, but there is hope things can soon get back to normal at London Colney.
Arteta's wife this week revealed he is "feeling fine" after being struck by the virus.
"My husband is feeling fine, he is well," she posted on social media. "He had symptoms of the virus but the symptoms would have never stopped him from going to work in a normal situation.
"He would have just taken an ibuprofen or paracetamol and he would have gone to work so really, it’s nothing major. Some temperatures, some headaches but that’s it. That’s his experience."
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