Arsenal face Chelsea next Wednesday in the final of the Europa League final out in Baku, looking to book their place in next season’s Champions League.
According to the Daily Mail, the Gunners will pay out £10m to their players in bonuses if they see off their London rivals in the showpiece occasion and lift the trophy.
The secondary competition now represents Arsenal’s only chance of making it to Europe’s top table next term and its importance is represented by the payouts Unai Emery’s squad are in line for.
Each player will reportedly get an individual payment between £100,000 and £500,000 if they lift the trophy, as the Gunners run out in their first European final since the 2006 Champions League.
Unai Emery is something of a Europa League specialist – having won the competition three times during his time with Sevilla – so perhaps his squad will be in line for that windfall after all.
And the potential cost of the bonuses – totalling £10m – would likely be offset by the cash that comes from being in the Champions League once more, after two seasons away.
That would likely boost the transfer budget available to Emery this summer as he looks to further overhaul the squad left behind by Arsene Wenger.