Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang tells Arsenal his wage demands for signing new contract

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could leave Arsenal for free next summer
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could leave Arsenal for free next summer (Picture: Getty)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has requested a minimum three-year contract worth £250,000-a-week to commit his future to Arsenal.

The Gabon forward, who this week became the fastest player to score 50 Premier League goals for Arsenal, has entered the final year of his contract at the Emirates.

Mikel Arteta is desperate to keep hold of Aubameyang but Arsenal will have to offer the 31-year-old a deal worth up to £250,000-a-week to ensure he stays, according to ESPN.

Aubameyang has developed into one of Arsenal’s most important players since joining the club from Borussia Dortmund in 2018, scoring 63 goals in 101 appearances in all competitions.

Talks over a new contract at the Emirates stalled during the height of the coronavirus pandemic but conversations between the two parties have now resumed.

With Arsenal’s transfer budget for the summer currently unknown, the club have made Aubameyang’s new contract a priority and the early signs are said to have been promising.

Aubameyang’s current contract is worth just under £200,000-a-week, however, so Arsenal will need to find more cash from somewhere to prevent their talisman from departing, either this summer or in 12 months’ time.

Barcelona and Inter Milan have both been strongly linked with a move for Aubameyang, who was asked earlier this week whether Arsenal fans should expect good news about his future in the coming weeks.

‘We’ll see,’ Aubameyang said. ‘We’ll talk with the club and we’re going to see what’s going to happen.’

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand, meanwhile, has offered an insight into why Aubameyang is stalling over signing a new deal in north London.

‘It’s a game of chess,’ he told BT Sport after Arsenal’s emphatic victory over Norwich City on Wednesday.

‘Aubameyang wants to get as much value for himself as possible and Arsenal will want to drive that down a bit.

‘If he shows his hand too early then the club know he wants to stay and then they don’t need to go as far financially.

‘But also he will be asking questions of the club. “What’s your recruitment strategy going forward? Which players are coming in to play alongside me? Can I compete for titles at Arsenal?”

‘He will want to know those things before signing a new contract.’

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