Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reportedly rejected “two other bids” before agreeing to sign a new three-year Arsenal contract.
Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, via the Express, claims an agreement is close to being finalised. The deal will be worth £250,000-a-week, costing the Gunners £39m over the length of the contract.
Aubameyang provided another fine example of his quality with a stunning strike in the Community Shield win over Liverpool.
The Gabon international also netted the decisive spot-kick in the penalty shoot-out, which Arsenal won 5-4.
The 31-year-old has now scored 10 goals in his last 10 games, including seven of Arsenal’s last eight in all competitions.
The Gunners skipper, who scored 29 goals last term, is expected to put pen-to-paper on an extension which will commit him to Arsenal until 2023. However, it’s reported that he had other offers on the table.
That’s according to Romano, who says Aubameyang snubbed two bids in order to sign a new contract at the Emirates.
His salary will usurp all of his team-mates’ in 12 months’ time after £350,000-a-week playmaker Mesut Ozil leaves on a free.
Romano tweeted: “Mikel Arteta just confirmed again that Pierre Aubameyang is ‘close’ to extend his contract.
“Arsenal consider the agreement almost ‘reached and completed’, the deal is done – he turned down 2 other bids.
“Gabriel Magalhaes will be announced soon. #AFC #transfers.”
ARSENAL TO MEET FORWARD’S ASKING PRICE
Arsenal are prepared to launch a double raid on Brentford, with the star attraction that of exciting Algerian forward Said Benrahma, according to a report.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has already made strides towards overhauling his squad in his image.
Defenders Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares both arrived on permanent deals. While much-publicised free agent pick-up Willian also signed on the dotted line.
Lille centre-half Gabriel Magahaes is strongly expected to shore up their back-line in the coming days, and one Arsenal legend expressed why his impending acquisition will be “huge” for the club.
Now, according to online publication 90min, Arteta could be set to flex his muscles in a tasty double raid.