ARSENAL want to extend the contracts of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette — but without increasing their basic pay.
Instead they are asking the duo to sign new deals with hefty bonuses for achieving agreed targets, most notably Champions League qualification.
Both players earn around £180,000 a week and are in the opening stages of talks to prolong their Emirates stay.
PEA, 30, is under contract until 2021 while Lacazette, 28, has three years still to run on his deal.
The pair scored 50 goals between them last season.
Their biggest bonus would be for getting the club back in the Champions League, which would bring in at least £40million revenue each year.
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Bonus payments will also be linked to winning the Europa League and FA Cup, plus goal targets.
Head of football Raul Sanllehi and managing director Vinai Venkatesham want to stop players entering the last 18 months of their deals to protect resale values.
At the heart of the Gunners’ housekeeping was selling Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, on wages of £350,000 a week and £160,000 a week respectively. But the duo, both 30, are under contract until 2021 and in no rush to leave.
Defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos, 31, also has less than two years left of his contract after joining for £16m from Borussia Dortmund in 2018.
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Despite this and a £140m summer spree the club have cut around £10m off their annual wage bill, with several major stars on big wages leaving.
That has freed up cash to tie up contracts for Aubameyang and Lacazette, while French midfielder Matteo Guendouzi, 20, is also set for a five-year deal after a superb debut season.
Meanwhile, Arsenal are weighing up a January bid for Corinthians’ Brazil full-back Fagner, 30.
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