Arsenal plan to treble teenager's wages after Real Madrid show interest

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 21: Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal scores his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Arsenal FC at Stamford Bridge on January 21, 2020, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 21: Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal scores his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Arsenal FC at Stamford Bridge on January 21, 2020, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Arsenal are planning to give Gabriel Martinelli a 300% wage increase by the end of the season to quell interest from Real Madrid, according to reports.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 21: Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal celebrates with his team mates after scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Arsenal FC at Stamford Bridge on January 21, 2020, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 21: Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal celebrates with his teammates after scoring his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Arsenal FC at Stamford Bridge on January 21, 2020, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

The Daily Mail report Gabriel Martinelli currently earns £10,000, but he’s looking at a wage increase after sparking interest from Real Madrid. Arsenal are reportedly ‘ready’ to treble his wages to £30,000.

The two parties are already holding talks over the new deal, despite the fact Martinelli has a contract in North London until 2024.

It’s not hard to see why. Martinelli is up to 21 appearances for the Arsenal first team, scoring 10 goals and assisting three. That includes 10 substitute appearances, so the goal contributions per minute ratio is even more impressive, one every 86 minutes.

This from an 18-year-old playing his first season in England. Plus, three of those goals came in away games against big-six opponents. Playing in an Arsenal side with such a terrible record in those games, that’s also noteworthy.

To have Martinelli tied down for another four seasons is encouraging. At least there’s time to bolster the squad around him and make it an environment he wants to stay in.

Increasing the deal to five years this summer would please a lot of Arsenal fans though.

Mikel Arteta praises Martinelli courage and workrate