Arsenal’s contract talks with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are progressing well and both sides are keen to conclude a deal to extend his stay at the Emirates beyond 2021. That’s according to European football expert Julian Laurens.
The Gunners’ star striker scored a brace in the mid-week win over Norwich to take his tally for the season to 21 goals, with 19 coming in the Premier League.
And with the 31-year-old as important as ever to the north London outfit, there is a desire to extend his contract – despite Mikel Arteta working with limited resources this summer.
Aubameyang’s current deal means he could leave for free in a year’s time, with the potential fee Arsenal could get in return for his talents diminishing day by day until then.
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But after the win over the Canaries, Arteta hinted that Aubameyang is “willing” to stay at Arsenal despite it looking highly likely that they will not have Champions League football next season.
It has emerged that the Gabon international wants a three-year deal which would increase his wages to around £250,000 a week – a 20 per cent increase on his current salary – to commit his future to the club.
After handing out extensions to Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli this week, Arsenal now have their sights set on extending Aubameyang’s stay.
Laurens tweeted: “More good news for Arsenal fans after the new contracts for Saka and Martinelli: talks are positive and moving forward with Aubameyang.
“He wants a 3 year deal and £250k a week. He wants to stay. The club wants him to stay. Negotiations continue.”
Asked this week why he’s so confident he can keep Aubameyang, who became the fastest Arsenal player ever to score 50 Premier League goals, Arteta said: “It’s the way I feel, the way I communicate with him, the conversations I have with him, with the people around him and the energy that I sense.
“It’s just my opinion things change in football very quickly, but when you ask me in this moment about Auba’s future, I feel that he wants to continue with us and keep helping us to be a better team.
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“He needs to feel like he belongs somewhere that he believes we can achieve the goals that he has individually and collectively.
“He’s very settled in the city, his family are settled here as well and he’s loved, respected and admired by his team-mates, which is a huge thing to have in any football club.
“That’s what gives me positivity and as well I see the enjoyment that he’s having, the workmate he puts in all the time and the decisions he makes every time. So that’s where my feelings are coming from.”
On his wider plans for the summer transfer window, the Spanish coach said: “We cannot be a team that has to sell his best player to try to bring in and improve our squad, that’s for sure.
“We don’t know how the market is going to be. We have seen different things.
“The way that Chelsea is dealing with the market is different to rest at the moment, but Bayern Munich as well they’ve have been really aggressive.
“Obviously we are putting different plans together to see what we are going to be able to do. At the moment the uncertainty is still big.
“The way we are going to finish the season will dictate a lot of things financially as well. We have to be a bit patient and see what happens.”
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