Arsenal are facing a dilemma when it comes to keeping hold of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with ESPN reporting that the striker is asking for a three-year, £250k-a-week contract with the club.
The future of the Gabon star has been up in the air for much of the summer so far. With just a year left on his current deal and interest from Spain and Italy, many Arsenal fans are expecting to see their talisman leave.
However, this week has seen Mikel Arteta speak about his confidence in Aubameyang staying put. This update from ESPN, then, is the first glimpse into what sort of deal it might take for the Gunners to keep their man.
A three-year deal would take Aubameyang to be 34-years-old, while the £250k-a-week salary would be an increase on his current terms, while still keeping him shy of Mesut Ozil’s mega-money contract.
While negotiations remain at an early stage, this is the first full indication that the Gunners and Aubameyang may well end up coming to terms over a new contract. The 31-year-old has notched 19 times in the PL this season, including an impressive double strike against Norwich City this week.
It’s a no brainer, Arsenal have to sort it out – TBR View
Arsenal must just give Aubameyang what he wants here. Yes, he is 31, and yes, it is big money, but who are the club going to get to replace him if he does leave?
The wages are not even that enormous given the game’s climate. Especially, when you consider Ozil is earning more and not even featuring under Mikel Arteta.
The Gunner simply have to capitalise while the chance is there for them to secure their star man.