Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is out of contract at Arsenal in the summer of 2021, but the Gunners can extend his current deal for another season should they wish to do so.
Arsenal are reportedly stalling on triggering an extension clause in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s contract – despite his current deal expiring in 2021.
The Gunners have been locked in a contract stalemate with the Gabon international for the past few months, with the north London club keen to tie him down to fresh terms.
It seems Aubameyang, who is being watched by both Inter Milan and Barcelona, is keeping his options open, and is yet to make a decision on his future either way.
The power appears to be very much in the striker’s hand, given he can simply leave the club on a free in 2021, should Arsenal opt against cashing in on him in this summer’s transfer window.
But according to The Athletic,Arsenal do hold some trump cards.
A report claims Aubameyang has a one-year extension clause in his current contact, meaning Arsenal can keep him at the club until 2022.
The problem though is that triggering the clause would put the Gunners under some financial strain, given what Aubameyang earns.
Not only this, but it would force a player who my be looking to leave to remain at the club, in some ways against his will, which could disrupt changing room harmony.
It is for these two reasons that Arsenal have so far resisted triggering the clause.
Aubameyang will no doubt speak to Gunners chiefs this month and finally decide his future.
His Arsenal team-mate Alexandre Lacazette was recently asked to shed some light on the situation, and admitted he’s in the dark like everyone else.