Paul Robinson fears Bukayo Saka may stunt his progression if he moves to Liverpool this summer as he will not be afforded the same first-team opportunity as at Arsenal.
The former England number one, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, understands why the Reds are interested having been impressed with the 18-year-old on his debut campaign at the Emirates.
Saka will become a free agent next summer when his contract expires on 30 June 2021.
As revealed by Football Insider, the Premier League leaders are targeting the young winger following rave reviews from the club’s scouting department.
Arsenal are working hard to tie the teenager down to a new five-year deal and will rebuff any approaches this summer even if the player rejects a new deal.
When asked by Football Insider where was best for the youngster to continue his development, Robinson said: “A top player. I have seen him a few times and Arsenal will do all that they can to renew his contract.
“Liverpool are trying to muscle in there and take him because his is 18 and has already made 29 appearances this season. He is very good going forward.
“However, with Arteta at Arsenal, I think it could be more beneficial for the player to stay there.
“I doubt that he would get the same opportunities at Liverpool as an 18-year-old. For his development, it is worth staying at Arsenal for a while longer under a manager that is keen to promote youth.”
Saka, blessed with a sweet left foot, has been utilised at left-back by Mikel Arteta this season but can play anywhere on the left flank.
The England under-19 international has made 29 first-team appearances this season, contributing three goals and nine assists.
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