Arsenal are ready to offer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang an upgrade on his contract in an effort to fend off the supposed looming temptation of the Chinese Super League.
The Gabonese forward had an excellent campaign for the Gunners in 2018/19, earning himself the Premier League’s Golden Boot award, along with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, after netting 22 times.
The Mirror claim that the north London club are preparing to offer Aubameyang a new contract in order to stave off their interest from Chinese clubs Guangzhou Evergrande and Shanghai SIPG.
The report suggests that both have lined up moves the 29-year-old, with the possibility of a £300k-a-week contract on offer.
The 29-year-old’s contract not due to expire until 2021, yet the Arsenal board are keen to sit down with Aubameyang this summer to offer ‘big pay rise’, which would increase his current £190k-a-week salary.
The Gunners lost Aaron Ramsey on a free to Juventus, after they failed to tie the Welshman down to a new deal and it appears they will surely be keen to ensure they don’t allow yet another high-profile squad member to slip through their fingers.
However, Ramsey famously left Arsenal when they wouldn’t match his pay demands and it seems unlikely that the Gunners – who famously have just £40m to spend on transfers this summer – can match the £300k-a-week wages potentially on offer in China.
Therefore the logic of offering a big new contract (yet not as big as that potentially on offer with his suitors) to a player whose deal doesn’t expire for another two years, when he will be over 30, is questionable.
Meanwhile, the report adds Arsenal are also targeting an extension for Alexandre Lacazette, another player who has recently been linked with a move away from the Emirates.
The Mirror claim he is ‘likely’ to be offered £200k a week. Again, around £100k (weekly) shy of the supposed offers from China.
The two players are, however, essential to Arsenal’s attack and most fans would be delighted to see them sign contract extensions regardless of the cost, even if the possibility of losing either player to China (or elsewhere) this summer looks slim at best.
Source : 90min