Arsene Wenger says he wants to extend the contracts of Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck, but has once again warned that players may well be more inclined to let their contracts run out than sign extensions.
It has been the case with Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, to varying degrees, but it’s unclear as yet whether this is a football wide phenomenon or one specific to Arsenal.
Speaking about Welbeck and Ramsey, Wenger said, “It is something we want to address.
“Both of them are in a good moment for us. But with the level of transfers and the amounts that players expect on their contracts, you will have more and more players going into the final year of their contracts.
“You will be in a position where you either extend for money you cannot afford or you go into the final year of their contract.
“This season, there were 107 players in the Premier League who got into the final year of their contract and you will see that more.
“The clubs want too much money for normal players.”
Wenger is holding out some hope that something can be done about the rapidly inflating transfer market, suggesting political involvement may be be required.
“Something will happen,” he said. “For the first time, on the political front, the German prime minister has come out and, also, the president of Uefa has come out.
“I think, politically, something will happen in the next 12 months to regulate and limit the transfer amounts. You have to go one of two ways – regulate it properly or leave it completely open.
“The regulation has to be stricter and clearer, or open the market completely and you can do what you want provided you can guarantee you have the money to pay.
“At the moment, we are a bit in between and that does not work.”