The Times are reporting this morning (paywalled) that both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are looking for a significant wage increase to sign new deals with the club.
With both players inside the final two years of their current contracts, they hold a very strong hand when it comes to negotiating extensions, and the report says that an initial offer to both of £180,000 per week will no longer be sufficient.
They say that various factors, such as market forces, comparable salaries for top players at other clubs, and the fact they’re heading towards the final year of their deals mean a wage of closer to £250,000 is being sought.
Of course what they ask for and what they’ll agree to may well be different things, and the fact that this information is being made public is part and parcel of the negotiating process.
It’s understood that Ozil is much closer to an agreement than Sanchez, with the Chilean looking for a release clause to his contract amongst other things.
The German international is far more settled in London, and there were some tense moments with Alexis towards the end of last season – including an incident where he stormed out of the stadium when substituted.
It’s obviously crucial that Arsenal tie both these players down. Their quality is one thing, but the club have to show that after attracting top players, they can keep them.
Expect a few more stories like this one over the coming weeks.