The Times (paywalled) are running an exclusive story this morning claiming Arsene Wenger is close to agreeing a three-year-contract extension at Arsenal worth £24 million.
While the boss has repeatedly played down talk of a new deal, instead insisting that his focus is on his squad’s heavy schedule, there’s been inevitable chatter about his contractual circumstances given he’s a free man come the summer.
Ivan Gazidis revealed as far back as the summer that Arsenal want the Frenchman to extend his tenure into a third decade, but despite Stan Kroenke also airing his support, the narrative has gone round in circles for months.
If The Times are to be believed Wenger has secured himself a pay rise of £1 million or so a season, nothing to be sniffed at, as a sweetener in the face of bigger offers from elsewhere and presumably as a pat on the back for the club’s upturn in form.
As is always the case, we probably won’t know anything for sure until the club confirm.