Thursday Jun 18, 2020. 13:00
Gabon captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should be handed a performance-based contract.
This is according to former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan with Aubameyang’s current deal with English giants Arsenal FC set to expire in June 2021.
The Gunners are known to be keen to keep the 31-year-old prolific marksman, who is also their club captain having been linked with Spanish giants FC Barcelona.
“If the market pays players like this player with his ability £250,000 a week, whether that’s right or wrong is irrelevant, that’s what you’ve got to pay somebody if you want to retain their services,” Jordan told TalkSport.
“The only challenge for Arsenal is that he would have no economic resale value [if he signed a new deal]. They can’t sell him for anything.
“If he signs another two or three-year contract, they won’t be signing a player to not only achieve things in the short-term but also make some money off when they come to sell him further down the line,” he continued.
“They’d be simply be saying ‘we pay money now to get some short-term success, because that’s what Mikel Arteta needs’. I would do something footballers don’t like to do, which makes the offer performance-related.
“I would be saying to Aubameyang: ‘You want £250,000 a week? I tell you what, I’ll give you £300,000 a week if you score X amount of goals’.
“Let’s make this about you, let’s make it about your achievement, let’s make it about your individual return’,” he added.
“But players often want guarantees, and then the bonuses on top. It’s about finding the middle ground.”
Aubameyang has been one of Arsenal’s best players this season having netted 20 goals across all competitions this season.
He will be hoping to lead the Gunners to a win when they face Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday after they lost to Manchester City on Wednesday.