Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil have teamed up to force the Arsenal bosses in offering them mega-money deals this summer.
The contract situations of the Gunners duo will now be discussed in detail as the Gunners hierarchy will take the final call on whether to let the star duo enter the final year of their current contracts or to sell them this summer – if Ozil and Sanchez refuse to sign a new deal.
Sanchez and Ozil have only a year left on their current contracts at Arsenal, and both of them are eyeing a wage packet in excess of £350,000 per week to stay put at the North London club.
Both the players currently take home £140,000-a-week and sources reveal that they are now playing hardball with Wenger in order to squeeze mega-money deals out of Arsenal.
This will be one of the toughest challenges that Wenger is set to face after a signing a new two-year deal that will keep him at the club until 2019.
The Gunners have offered Sanchez a new deal – a two-year extension and a wage packet of £275,000-a-week to keep him at the club until 2020 – but the Chilean is holding out for more.
The club bosses are desperate to tie down Ozil and have already offered him a wage packet of £280,000-a-week but the German superstar had stalled negotiations as his representatives are forcing for around £350,000-a-week.
Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Juventus are all desperate to rope in the services of the Chilean – with the Bundesliga champions having already made a strong effort to lure him away.
Foottheball sources also reveal that Sanchez wants to stay in the Premier League and Manchester City are in pole position to rope him in.
Man City are confident that a £50m offer would be enough to tempt the Gunners and pundits believe that if the Chilean wants to move away then it would be difficult for Arsenal to tie him down.
However, there has not been the same level of interest in Ozil and the Gunners hierarchy do not want the star duo to run down their contracts and leave for free.
Their current contracts with Arsenal are set to expire in 2018 and the Gunners hierarchy are now ready to take a final call.
The Gunners also expect a lot of changes in the squad this summer with David Ospina, Kieran Gibbs, Joel Campbell, Wojciech Szczesny and Jack Wilshere all set to leave.
They have already agreed a deal for Schalke’s Sead Kolasinac on a free transfer and are also trying to land AC Milan’s Colombian striker Carlos Bacca as they search the market for a new striker and wide players.
Wenger has also identified Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez and Monaco’s Thomas Lemar as he looks forward to bolster his squad – if he stays next season.