According to The Telegraph, Arsenal are set to offer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a “complicated” new contract that will include huge performance-based bonuses. Whilst the Gabon international may be a fantastic goalscorer, the Gunners should be wary of trying to hold on to him for too long.
The former Borussia Dortmund has two years left on his current contract, and the Emirates outfit are looking to tie up a new deal for him. If he signs, it is believed he will receive a big pay-out if he fires the club back to the Champions League.
Talks are understood to be underway, and there is optimism on both sides that an agreement can be reached between all parties.
Mesut Ozil is currently the highest-paid player at the north London side, earning £350,000 a week. Whilst Raul Sanllehi and co can not offer any other player such a fixed wage, bonuses would allow Unai Emery’s number 14 to get close to the former Germany international’s salary.
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There is no doubting that Aubameyang is a fantastic goalscorer, and his record in the Premier League speaks for itself: he has 34 goals in just 51 games so far in England’s top tier.
However, he is already 30 years old and his time at the top is dwindling. Although none have kept him out for more than a handful of games at a time, he has a history of niggling injuries – with 15 noted since the start of the 2015/16 season and some of those being due to the need for rest. The older he gets, the harder it will be for his body to recover.
He is currently valued at £63m by transfermarkt and, in today’s crazy football world, Arsenal could potentially get themselves an even bigger fee if they were to sell in January should Aubameyang’s strong start to the season continue, having scored twice in two appearances so far.
But if they wait too long, as his price will rapidly decrease – especially as his deal starts to wind down. They need to be clever in getting the most they can for their prized assets at the right time.
Furthermore, it is not as though Emery is without another top class striker. Alexandre Lacazette has a solid record of 28 strikes in 68 league matches in England and could bag even more if he’s handed sole goalscoring responsibilities.
It may not be the most popular opinion, but the time will soon come when Arsenal should move Aubameyang on. This new contract will only make that harder to do.