Arsenal will hand Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang their first offer of a new contract in the coming days as they step up plans to keep him at the club, according to a report.
Reports have heavily linked Aubameyang with a move away from the Gunners in recent months, with Barcelona continually credited with interest.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has reiterated his confidence that the striker will renew his deal, which runs out next summer.
Indeed, the Spanish boss hopes the recent FA Cup win over Manchester City will serve as further inspiration that his side are heading in the right direction.
However, Arteta has also stressed that he wants Arsenal to resolve the situation sooner rather than later.
As such, The Telegraph claims Arsenal officials have pressed ahead and are close to finalising their first contract offer.
The Gunners will offer Aubameyang £250,000 per week plus bonuses, £50,000 more than his current salary.
The deal would also close the gap between himself and Arsenal’s top earner Mesut Ozil, on £350,000 per week.
Arsenal are putting the “finishing touches” to the offer, which they will present to the striker in the coming days.
However, a key sticking point for Arsenal remains their ability to convince Aubameyang of their ambitions.
Arteta admitted initial concern about whether the board would back him in the transfer market. He later later insisted, though, that he has the full support of his superiors.
The defeat of City was a big stride towards convincing Aubameyang and it followed a 2-1 win over top side Liverpool just days before.
But the 1-0 defeat to relegation-threatened Aston Villa on Tuesday saw the need for continued progress re-emerge.
CEBALLOS OPEN TO ARSENAL STAY
Elsewhere, on-loan midfielder Dani Ceballos says he would be happy to stay with the Gunners next season.
The Spaniard will return to Real Madrid next week but his future there is unclear. Reports claim Arsenal want another loan move as opposed to a permanent transfer.
In any case, Ceballos has added that he must be “calm” and wait for a decision from Madrid.