Arsenal wrap up deal for £8 million star, terms agreed, confirmation expected
Arsene Weneger is wrapping up another important deal this month according to various reports in the British media.
The Gunners have received criticism in the past for allowing key players to leave after contractual disputes which were never resolved.
Apart from the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, there are a couple of players in the current squad who are edging closer to the expiration of their contracts.
But after last week’s news of Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny and Francis Coquelin signing new deals with the Gunners, another man is set to join the list of players who have committed their future to the club.
According to the Times and other media outlets, Per Mertesacker has now agreed a new deal which will see him remain at the club for next season at least.
The German defender’s contract was set to expire at the end of this season and there had been rumours linking him with a return to the Bundesliga.
However, Mertesacker, who joined Arsenal from Werder Bremen for £8 million in the summer of 2011, is reportedly set to sign a new one-year deal worth around £70,000 a week which is expected to be confirmed by Arsenal within a week.
The news of the centre-back staying at the Emirates stadium might not be approved by all Arsenal fans, with Lauent Koscielny, Shkodran Mustafi, Rob Holding, Gabriel and Calum Chambers all capable of playing in Mertesacker’s role.