Arsenal’s players are set to earn up to half-a-million pounds each if the club win the Europa League final next week, according to reports.
The Gunners face London rivals Chelsea in Baku on May 29 in what could be the club’s most important match of the season.
Unai Emery’s side need to win the European competition in order to qualify for next season’s Champions League after finishing their Premier League campaign outside the top four.
And according to the Daily Mail , the Spaniard’s squad have an additional incentive to beat Maurizio Sarri’s side, with the club’s players set to be rewarded with substantial cash bonuses if they secure a long-awaited European trophy.
The publication reports that winning the tournament will entitle players to payments ranging between £100,000 and £500,000 due to clauses in individuals’ contracts linked to winning European trophies.
As a result, lifting the Europa League trophy could cost the north London club up to £10 million, but they would also receive a welcome boost to their transfer pot.
Emery has reportedly been given around £40 million to spend this summer, but that sum will increase if the club do book a spot in next season’s Champions League.
Seeing his transfer budget grow would be a welcome sight for the Arsenal boss, with the Spaniard keen to address several areas as he looks to build on his first season at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners have already confirmed that Aaron Ramsey, Petr Cech and Danny Welbeck will leave the club this summer, while defenders Shkodran Mustafi and Stephan Lichtsteiner are also expected to depart.
Ahead of their European showdown with Chelsea, Arsenal have reportedly invited Austrian side LASK Linz to London Colney for a friendly behind closed doors this week before the squad fly out to Azerbaijan.