Arsenal are prepared to offer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a new three-year deal in a bit to ward off interest from big-spending Chinese Super League clubs.
The Gabon international turns 30 later this month but managing director Vinai Venkatesham is keen to tie the club’s record signing down to an improved long-term deal.
Aubameyang came close to joining Guangzhou Evergrande six months prior to his move to Arsenal in January 2018, since then he has established himself as one of the Premier League’s most prolific strikers with 41 goals in 65 appearances.
The former Borussia Dortmund striker currently earns £180,000-a-week but Arsenal, according to The Sun, are willing to offer him a small rise and the security of a long-term deal.
Arsenal were said to be confident they could convince Aubameyang to remain in London and reject the riches on offer in China given the £3.75million loyalty bonus he earns for every completed season at the Emirates.
The Gunners are also fending off interest in Aubameyang’s strike partner, Alexandre Lacazette, who has been linked with both Barcelona and Ateltico Madrid.
‘If the club is really happy with me and I’m happy, I will stay. In France, they say 27, 28 is one of the best ages in your career,’ he said last week.
‘I wish it is not the last [good season] at Arsenal and I hope I will be better and better in the next years.
‘I am feeling good. I play more with Unai and have more confidence with him. Even if I can just say ‘thank you’ to Wenger because he brought me into this big club, but I feel better with Unai.
‘I finished well and I hope the long break is not going to kill me. I work in training to be ready.’