Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s father has proved crucial in moving the striker to within touching distance of a new Arsenal deal, according to a report.
Aubameyang’s future has remained a topic of hot debate at The Emirates for several months. Indeed, speculation rose as he drew nearer to entering the final year of his contract.
Previous reports have claimed teams including Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona hold an interest in the striker.
However, Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has insisted on several occasions his confidence that Aubameyang will stay. The Spanish boss has said the forward knows full well his role in what he hopes is a continued upward curve for Arsenal.
Now, The Athletic claims both Aubameyang and Arsenal have made significant progress in striking a new deal.
The source says Aubameyang will “imminently” sign a new deal with the Gunners to finally end the recent speculation.
What’s more, the source reveals the key reasons behind the forward deciding to commit his future in north London. Arteta reportedly proved “crucial”, his persuasive words convincing the 31-year-old.
However, Aubameyang’s father also had a role to play. He reportedly has a strong relationship with Arteta, which also proved “fundamental” in getting the deal over the line.
As for the nature of the new contract, The Athletic adds that it will “enable him” to reach the top of Arsenal‘s wage bill.
However, it is unclear if his earnings will move him past the £350,000 per week taken home by Mesut Ozil.
Aubameyang has finished as Arsenal’s top scorer in each of the previous two seasons. Last term, he scored 29 times in 44 games, playing a starring role in the club’s FA Cup triumph.
The Gabon international has since continued his form, netting the winning penalty against Liverpool in the Community Shield clash.
ARSENAL TO BE OFFERED PSG STAR IN SWAP DEAL
Elsewhere, reports say Paris Saint-Germain will offer Arsenal Julian Draxler in a swap deal.
The player offered to move the other way is Matteo Guendouzi, whose future has become uncertain at Arsenal.
Germany international Draxler, who has entered the final year of his deal, is also allegedly a target for Leeds.
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