Confirmed On Skysports – £130,000-a-week World Cup Winner Will Sign For Arsenal
Cross, who is famous for his ties with the club, claims that Mesut Ozil in likely to sign a new deal with the club, but we face a battle in convincing the Chilean to put pen-to-paper on a new deal.
Both players are currently contracted with us until 2018, and we have been involved in negotiations with the for quite some time now.
While talking on Sky Sports’ Sunday Supplement panel, Cross said: “Of the two players Arsenal are trying to negotiate with at the moment – Ozil and Sanchez – Ozil is much more likely to sign.
“I think Ozil will sign, but Sanchez is a bit more problematic. He has just 18 months left now. He is a very good player, he had a very good first season and was not so good last season – it was disrupted by injury. And I still think it’s a little bit up in the air over whether he will sign.”
Sanchez, who is currently battling with a hamstring injury while on national duty, has been linked with a move to Juventus and Man City recently.
Cross pointed out that he is demanding a huge increase in his current wages and also a buy-out clause in the new deal.
“I think there is some doubt over whether Sanchez stays or goes,” he added.
“He’s on £130,000-a-week at the moment and wants in excess of £200,000-a-week, and also in the mix I understand he wants some sort of buy-out clause, which would give him the ability to get away if the right move comes along.
“Ozil is stealing the limelight and I think he will definitely get in excess of £200,000-a-week. Whether Sanchez does too, we will see.
“Ozil already earns slightly more than Sanchez, which is an unusual situation because normally the superstar striker is the biggest earner at the club.
“Sanchez is happy in London as I understand it, but I think he is a little bit more restless than Ozil. I’m not saying he’s desperate to get away, but Arsenal have more of a battle on their hands to keep Sanchez.”
The Chilean appears to be enjoying his football with us at the moment, and his new striker role has only upped his status this season.
However, sentimentality counts for little in the modern football and money speaks the loudest. To be honest, Sanchez won’t enjoy the same star-power and status at either of Man City or Juventus as he does with us now.
I think if we desperately want him to sign a new contract then we can just offer him what he wants and he will be more than happy to sign a new deal.
In the end, everything hinges on how much we actually value him. Do we think that he is worth £200,000-a-week long-term contract? Do we think he is good enough to earn on-par with Ozil? Do we think whether it will be a good decision to disrupt our current wage structure a little to make sure that Sanchez stays with us for 2-3 more years?
All these questions will most likely steer our direction in negations with Sanchez’s representatives in the coming days.