Arsenal is close to making their biggest signing of the summer and it’s not a new face: The Gunners are nearing a new contract for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to Sky Sports.
The deal would give Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta long-term access to a player he wants “to build the squad around.”
[ MORE: Premier League announces VAR, subs rules ]
The move is a break from tradition for the Gunners, who will give a massive raise to an older player.
Aubameyang is no ordinary veteran, though, the 31-year-old scoring 29 times in 44 matches across all competitions this season.
The Gabonese star won a share of the Golden Boot during the 2018-19 season, his first full season at Arsenal.
Aubameyang has not scored less than 22 league goals in any of his last five seasons, including the 23 he scored between Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal in 2017-18.
Recently, he led the Gunners to a record 14th FA Cup with a Man of the Match performance that included a brace.
Aubameyang has 252 goals across his last three stops at Arsenal, Dortmund, and Saint-Etienne.
The only danger here would be Aubameyang’s big money becoming an albatross akin to what happened to Alexis Sanchez at Manchester United and Mesut Ozil at Arsenal.
For now, though, there’s no sign of Aubameyang slowing down and the Gunners can save those worries for a later date, as attracting a player of his character without Champions League football is a tall task.
And perhaps Aubameyang cementing his time at the Emirates will sway a star currently on the fence about a season in the Europa League.Follow @NicholasMendola