Chelsea are reportedly monitoring the situation of Arsenal winger Gabriel Martinelli. The winger has only two years left on his contract.
Hence, the Blues are ready to pounce on a possible opportunity. However, Arsenal have already begun contract extension talks with the player.
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According to reports, Chelsea are monitoring the situation of Gabriel Martinelli. The winger has only two years left on his current contract at Arsenal. Hence, the reports claim that the Blues are trying to lure the winger to Stamford Bridge. The report also states that they are ready to pay him more wages than the Gunners.
However, the report mentions that Chelsea are only monitoring the situation. They know that Arsenal will not easily sell their star player. Hence, they will only get involved if his contract negotiations with the Gunners don’t go to plan. The Blues owner Todd Boehly is focused on signing young players next summer. Hence, Martinelli certainly fits the bill.
ARSENAL WILL HAVE TO SPEED UP THE CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS
The report also claims that an agreement over the contract extension is not close. Hence, this might increase the hopes of Chelsea. However, it claims that Arsenal are doing its best. Although the hold-up is the large pay-rise jump. The current wage of Martinelli is 70,000 pounds per week. However, the winger now wants 200,000 pounds per week for his new contract.
The demands have surprised the Arsenal hierarchy. They reportedly expected him to ask for a pay rise. However, their expectations have exceeded reality. Therefore, the rumors of interest of Chelsea is going in full swing currently. However, Gabriel Martinelli himself has said that his first preference is to agree on a new contract and stay at Arsenal.
Although, Martinelli has not ruled out the possibility of leaving Arsenal. Therefore, Chelsea must try to lure the player to the club if an opportunity arises. The Gunners currently value the winger over 150 million in the current market conditions.
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