The German playmaker Mesut Ozil looks likely to sign a new contract; however the same can’t be said for Alexis Sanchez. According to John Cross, the Gunners face an uphill struggle to agree terms with the player.
The Germans deal ends in the summer of 2018, whereas the Chilean will enter the final year of his contract next summer.
Arsenal has opened talks with both players, however it looks like Ozil will be the more likely to sign:
“Of the two players Arsenal are trying to negotiate with at the moment – Ozil and Sanchez – Ozil is much more likely to sign,” he told the Sunday Supplement.
“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.”
One of the deciding factors in Alexis’s contract talks seems to be him wanting a release clause, with the player wanting one instilled so that if the right club comes along he’s free to move.
“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.”
Both Manchester City and Juventus have been linked with the Arsenal forward, however if any transfer were to happen it would be likely to happen in the Summer, not the January transfer window.
Sanchez has made 73 appearances for the North London club since signing in 2014 and has scored 33 goals in the process.