The Daily Mail says Porto have moved to keep Portuguese football’s most prolific striker from Arsenal’s clutches by offering him a massive pay hike to sign a new long-term contract.
His lethal finishing is seen as the answer to Arsenal’s most pressing need, while Chelsea considered him as an alternative to Wayne Rooney during their summer search for a striker and Liverpool have also been linked.
But Porto have responded to the growing threat of losing him to the Barclays Premier League by starting negotiations over a new improved deal.
The 27-year old Colombia marksman is out of contract in 2016 but will be offered a near-100 per cent pay rise to around £45,000 a week to remain with the Portuguese champions and extend his stay to 2018.
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