Arsenal To Offer Huge New Deal To Bellerin
Arsenal will offer to almost double Hector Bellerin’s wages in a bid to keep him at the Emirates. The 21-year-old still has three years left on his current deal, but he is a target for both Manchester City and former club Barcelona and the Gunners need to offer him a big pay rise in order to fend off interest from potential suitors.
Bellerin is believed to earn £50,000 a week at Arsenal. The Sun claims the Gunners will offer to pay him £96,000 a week – nearly double his current earnings.
While Bellerin is known not to favour a return to Barcelona – the club he left for five years ago – his head may be turned by Manchester City. The Premier League leaders are in a position where any offer they are likely to make could dwarf the new deal proposed by Arsenal. City could offer £150,000 a week meaning the Gunners are still under threat of losing Bellerin.
Even so, Arsenal are likely to dig in their heels and talks are expected to take place with Bellerin’s representatives before the end of the month.
“We try to extend, certainly, his contract,” Arsene Wenger said on Thursday. “For me, his long-term future is here.”
Jenkinson Plays For Under-23s
Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson has returned to action. The 24-year-old has been sidelined since picking up a cruciate knee ligament injury during a loan spell at West Ham United last season.
Jenkinson made his first appearance in nine months when he played 60 minutes of a goalless draw with Southampton in Premier League 2 on Friday evening.
Arsene Wenger said earlier this week that he believes Jenkinson still has a role to play for the side.
“He has been out for a very long time but he’s available again to compete now,” said the Arsenal boss.
Arsenal transfer target Mario Mandzukic won’t be allowed to leave Juventus in January. The Croatian was linked with interest from Arsenal during the summer. However, Juve regard Mandzukic as an integral part of the squad even though he may have fallen down the pecking order with the arrival of Gonzalo Higuain from Napoli.
Mandzukic, who is now 30, scored 13 goals in 36 games last season. He has yet to score in seven appearances so far this term.
Another Arsenal transfer target, AC Milan midfielder Manuel Locatelli, looks set to sign a new deal with the Serie A giants.