Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will become Arsenal‘s highest-paid player once he completes his move from Borussia Dortmund this month, according to some media reports.
Arsene Wenger‘s side are close to signing the striker with reports in Germany claiming that a £70 million transfer fee has been agreed between the two clubs.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan is currently Arsenal’s top earner having joined as part of the deal which took Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United last week. But according to The Sun, the Armenian midfielder will be overtaken by Aubameyang if the Gabon international joins Arsenal.
The report claims that Aubameyang has been offered a £180,000-per-week contract which runs until 2021. Dortmund had been unhappy with Arsenal’s slow progress in negotiations and threatened to postpone the transfer until the summer.
But after having two bids rejected, the Gunners’ latest offer has convinced Dortmund to sell and the deal is now expected to be completed.
Dortmund had demanded Olivier Giroud as part of the deal but the French striker will not be making the move to Germany.
This season, Aubameyang has scored 21 goals in 24 matches in all competitions. He has found the net 141 times since joining BVB from Saint-Etienne for €13m in July 2013, and he also has 23 goals in 56 caps for Gabon.
Chelsea are interested in signing the Arsenal striker but the Gunners are demanding a £35m transfer fee.
As previously reported, West Brom defender Jonny Evans is also a target at the Emirates Stadium, although a hamstring injury sustained at the weekend could see a transfer put on hold until the summer.
Evans is open to a move, but Arsenal may face a late battle, with the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City also keen to land the former Manchester United player, depending on his fitness status.