Arsenal pair Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are reportedly both demanding new contracts worth a staggering £290,000-a-week in order to commit their futures.
According to the Evening Standard, talks have ground to a halt again as the star duo want to be paid in line with the biggest names in the Premier League.
That would involve going from around £140,000-a-week which is what they currently earn up to £290,000-a-week, which in turn would place them alongside the likes of Paul Pogba at Manchester United.
With just 18 months remaining on both their contracts, this is the last thing that Arsenal supporters will want to hear as it will only lead to further anxiousness over whether or not they’ll commit their futures.
As seen in the 5-1 win over West Ham United on Saturday, Sanchez and Ozil are crucial parts of Arsene Wenger’s side as they push for silverware this season, and an inability to match their ambition and financial requests will not go down well with fans.
It’s claimed in the report that Arsenal are willing to go up to £200,000-a-week for the pair, but that isn’t going to be enough to satisfy them as they are looking for the club to scrap their wage structure and pay them the kind of money their European counterparts are receiving.
The longer the delay goes on, the more concerning it will become for all involved in the situation. Naturally, Arsenal will not want to lose their big names and neither Sanchez nor Ozil will want to leave north London given the progress they’re making and how settled they are.
In turn, Arsenal fans will hope that a compromise is reached in negotiations, but it looks as though the respective parties will be far away when they next sit down at the table as the club look to follow up the success of convincing Hector Bellerin to pen a new deal and commit his future last month.