There was a stalemate in talks between Arsenal and Bukayo Saka before football was suspended to cope with the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19, according to The Daily Telegraph.
The Nigerian will only have 12 months to run on his current Arsenal deal in the summer and has already been linked with moves to Premier League rivals Manchester United.
Mikel Arteta has made securing Saka’s long-term future one of Arsenal’s main priorities but his future is in limbo as the Premier League comes to terms with the global pandemic.
Failure to tie the 18-year-old down to a new contract by the time the next transfer window opens would leave the Gunners vulnerable to offers from rivals.
Recent history has shown Arsenal tend to lose their best players and talents to other Premier League sides.
The England Under-19 international is still under his first professional deal and earns just £7,000-a-week, plus bonuses, despite being a first-team regular for Arteta’s side.
Saka could be worth more than five times that amount at a club like United but Arsenal are determined to see the highly-rated teenager at the Emirates for years to come.