Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang rejected “two other bids” before agreeing to sign a new three-year, £250,000-a-week contract at Arsenal which will cost the Gunners £39million over the course of the deal. That’s according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, with an agreement now all but finalised.
Aubameyang provided yet another bold underline of his quality with the only Arsenal goal inside 90 minutes in the Community Shield win over Liverpool.
The Gabon international also netted the decisive spot-kick in the penalty shoot-out, which the north London outfit won 5-4 after a 1-1 draw.
The 31-year-old, who has five goals in his past three Wembley appearances, has now scored 10 goals in his last 10 games including seven of Arsenal’s last eight across all competitions.
After 29 strikes last term he will be keen to break the 30-goal barrier this term – and will do so in a much-improved side based on the performances of Arteta’s side in recent months.
But while the captain is expected to put pen to paper on an extension which will commit him to Arsenal until 2023, it’s said that he had offers from elsewhere on the table.
That’s according to Romano, who says Aubameyang snubbed two bids in order to sign a new contract at the Emirates, which improves his weekly wages by around £50,000 a week.
His salary will usurp all of his team-mates’ in 12 months’ time when £350,000-a-week playmaker Mesut Ozil will depart the club as a free agent.
Romano tweeted: “Mikel Arteta just confirmed again that Pierre Aubameyang is ‘close’ to extend his contract.
“Arsenal consider the agreement almost ‘reached and completed’, the deal is done – he turned down 2 other bids.
“Gabriel Magalhaes will be announced soon.