Arsenal will offer Jack Wilshere a new contract with a reduced basic salary but greater incentives, according to reports.
Wilshere is out of contract in the summer, but the club have made him a new offer.
According to Saturday’s edition of the Daily Mail, Arsenal are offering the midfielder a lower basic salary, but greater performance related add-ons.
They report that Wilshere is currently on £100,000 per week, with Arsenal wanting to reduce that to £80,000.
The offer is designed with Wilshere’s extensive injury history in mind.
It also sounds as if Arsenal want to reward the 26-year-old for staying fit and playing regularly.
Reducing his basic salary would shave a good few thousands off the overall wage bill, which could prove useful in the transfer market.
Arsene Wenger is confident that Wilshere can stay fit now, as he’s come to know more about his body.
“He is much more patient and mature,” the manager said.
“Before, his desire to play was the only thing that mattered. Today, he can analyse better: is he fit or not?
“He has a lot of prevention work to do and he does that religiously now.
“Before he was a bit more, ‘My body can take that’, like we all are when we are 20-years-old.”
Wilshere has been a rare bright spark for Arsenal in recent weeks.
He’s strung together seven straight starts, and has captained the side in his last two outings.
News of him signing a contract extension would be a welcome boost for the club and for the fans.