Arsenal target Joe Aribo ready to sign new deal at Charlton, claims Lee Bowyer

Joe Aribo is firmly on Arsenal’s radar (Picture: Getty)

Charlton manager Lee Bowyer has ruled out the possibility of Joe Aribo joining Arsenal and insists that the midfielder is ready to sign a new deal at the Valley.

Aribo has scored 12 goals in 86 appearances since breaking into Charlton’s first-team back in 2015 and the midfielder’s recent performances have caught the attention of a host of Premier League clubs.

Arsenal are reportedly hopeful of completing a deal for Aribo in the summer transfer window, with Unai Emery convinced by the 22-year-old’s potential.

Aribo is out of contract at the end of the season which has put the Gunners on red alert, but Bowyer claims the youngster is ready to commit his future to Charlton.

Asked about Aribo’s links to Arsenal, Bowyer replied: ‘If it’s true then it’s good on our behalf.

‘It means the job we are doing with him is a good job. But I think it’s his agent if I’m honest. I’m not reading too much into that.

Bowyer claims Aribo is ready to sign a new contract at Charlton (Picture: Getty)

‘I spoke to Joe last week, I had a meeting with him. He wants to sign and I think it’s just trying to agree with his agent. Joe likes it here.

‘He’s learning and improving – that’s all you can say.

‘He knows this is a good place for him to be. The lad is improving lots.’

Emery has reportedly been informed that he will only have around £45million to spend in the summer.

However, Arsenal’s budget could be boosted to £80m should they qualify for the Champions League with a top-four finish in the English top flight.

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