According to James Olley of the Evening Standard, Arsenal will make a £300,000 a week wage offer to Alexis Sanchez to keep him at the club.
The Chilean is heading into the final 12 months of his current deal, and despite previous negotiations him and Mesut Ozil, nothing has yet been signed.
Over the last few weeks there have been stories linking him with Chelsea, Man City, PSG and Juventus, as doubts over his desire to remain in North London persist.
It remains to be seen, however, if this is a genuine offer from the club made in good faith, or a bit of kite-flying. If they already know Sanchez is determined to leave then making an offer like this public allows the finger of blame to be pointed at the player for not accepting such fantastic terms.
It also signals that if Arsenal can afford to pay that kind of salary – even if it is to this season’s best performer – they can afford commensurate rates for other players currently at the club and those they’re looking to bring in this summer.
Of course, it could also be a desperate attempt not to lose a man who has scored 22 goals and made 14 assists this season.
Oh football clubs, with everything they do sending us into the realms of conspiracy.
Also, Sanchez is not the only player heading into the final 12 months of his deal – see the full list here.