According to the Evening Standard, Arsenal will resist the temptation to sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to rumoured suitors from China and instead want to reward the striker with a new contract.
The 29-year-old ended the season with 31 goals in all competitions and with a share of the Premier League’s Golden Boot.
James Olley – a usually very reliable source for Gunners news – reports that we’re happy to make the Gabon international our second highest earner behind Mesut Ozil by giving him a raise on his £190,000 a week salary. He’d become the highest if the German were sold.
It’s hoped a wage increase, plus the big cash loyalty bonuses the striker already has in his current contract for completing seasons at the Emirates, will be enough to ward off interest from clubs with greater financial muscle, including Guangzhou Evergrande and Shanghai SIPG.
It’s also said that we’re willing to give Alex Lacazette, voted Arsenal’s player of the season, a wage increase of his own.