Matteo Guendouzi’s rapid rise is set to continue as Arsenal reward the young midfielder with a new deal that will almost double his wages to £75,000 a week.
Guendouzi was expected to take his time to settle in north London after arriving from Lorient last summer but the 20-year-old has 47 games under his belt in an impressive first campaign and is looking forward to the Europa League final.
He has three years left on the £40,000-a-week deal he signed after swapping the French second division for the Premier League but, according to The Sun, Guendouzi’s new contract will run to 2023 and will also include more performance-related bonuses on top of the £75,000 a week.
The Frenchman still trails the Gunners’ top earner Mesut Ozil (£350,000 a week) while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and and Henrik Mkhitaryan are on around £200,000 a week.
But with Aaron Ramsey, Petr Cech and Danny Welbeck off the wage bill, funds have been freed up.
Guendouzi, who has three caps for France Under 21s, joined Paris Saint-Germain’s academy as a six-year-old and came through there before moving to Lorient when he was 15.