Arsenal are on the verge of extending Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s contract by a further two years to keep him at the club until 2023, according to a report.
Speculation has mounted in recent months over the Gabon striker‘s future. The 31-year-old has entered the final year of his current deal, heightening such uncertainty.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta said previously it was the club’s top priority to tie Aubameyang down. The striker netted 29 goals this season, scoring in the semi-finals and final of their triumphant FA Cup campaign.
An initial report claimed Arsenal’s initial offer would include a £250,000 weekly salary, £50,000 more than his current wage.
Now, The Telegraph‘s latest report says the offer will likely be worth more than that and include “lucrative bonuses”.
What’s more, talks have advanced rapidly and Arsenal are now preparing their final proposal to the striker. The club have reached that stage after agreeing on several “verbal promises” with the player.
Moreover, aside from the pay rise, Arsenal’s decision to continue first-team development has buoyed Aubameyang’s mindset.
That decision was crucial given Arsenal have proposed 55 redundancies. The lost jobs will mostly come from the club’s administrative and commercial departments.
Indeed, the ability to convince the forward of a sense of direction was reportedly a key hurdle for Arsenal after their eighth-placed Premier League finish this term.
The new contract will cover the remainder of Aubameyang’s deal and provide two further years.
The Telegraph adds that the only hurdle facing Arsenal is a protest from Aubameyang’s entourage. His representatives and lawyers are yet to check the final proposal and could find differences to what they discussed.
However, Arsenal are confident that if there are no further hitches, Aubameyang will sign up to the extension.
ARSENAL LAMBASTED AMID CLUB REDUNDANCIES
Arsenal’s decision to cut 55 jobs and continue with transfer business has left club legend Ian Wright disappointed.
He tweeted: “Remember who you are, what you are and who you represent!!!” in response to Arsenal’s statement on the cuts.
Elsewhere, a report claims the players are furious with the situation.