Tuesday 17 September 2019

Arsenal devise incentive deal to reward Aubameyang

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been on fine goal-scoring form for Arsenal. Photo: Nigel French/PA
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been on fine goal-scoring form for Arsenal. Photo: Nigel French/PA

Matt Law

Arsenal are working on a complicated deal to reward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for his goalscoring form that would net the striker a huge bonus if he fires the club back into the Champions League.

Raul Sanllehi, head of football, is leading negotiations and is hopeful of pulling off another piece of shrewd business for Arsenal, having secured the signings of Nicolas Pepe, Dani Ceballos, Kieran Tierney and David Luiz this summer.

Aubameyang shared last season's Premier League golden boot with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, after scoring 22 times for Arsenal and has started this term with two goals in his first two games.

Unai Emery, the head coach, last week revealed talks with Aubameyang, whose contract expires in 2021, were under way and it is understood there is optimism on both sides that an agreement can be reached. The Gabonese earns about €218,000 a week, plus bonuses, some way off top earner Mesut Ozil's fixed €383,000-a-week contract.

Arsenal cannot hand out another fixed deal of the size of Ozil's, but Sanllehi is structuring an offer that would give Aubameyang the opportunity to earn as much as the German through bonuses if the club qualify for the Champions League.

Following wins over Newcastle United and Burnley, Arsenal play at Liverpool and at home to Tottenham Hotspur in the next two weeks.

It is unclear whether Aubameyang's contract will be extended, but Arsenal hope a big pay rise will further underline their faith in the 30-year-old striker.

Aubameyang has received assurances over his role in the team, following the club-record signing of Pepe, and has been buoyed by Arsenal's summer business.

Arsenal paid a then club record €61 million to sign Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018 and he has scored 43 goals in 67 games.


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