Sunday 18 August 2019

Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil's agents 'work together to ensure best deal' with Arsenal

Alexis Sanchez, right, and team-mate Mesut Ozil have 18 months remaining on their Arsenal contracts
Alexis Sanchez, right, and team-mate Mesut Ozil have 18 months remaining on their Arsenal contracts

Theo Chiles

The agents of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez have reportedly joined forces as they seek to improve their respective client’s wages during the ongoing contract negotiations.

Sanchez currently earns £130,000 a week while Ozil receives £140,000, but their representatives are hoping to seek parity with the league’s top earners, according to the Daily Mail.

Both players have been instrumental in keeping Arsenal in this year’s title race, and Arsene Wenger is under increasing pressure to extend their contracts, which currently expire at the end of next season.

Ozil and Sanchez’s agents are coordinating their efforts to ensure that their clients can expect similar pay rises, and with Chelsea reportedly eyeing Sanchez, Wenger is now facing the prospect of smashing the club’s current wage structure to ensure that he keeps his star players out of the hands of his rivals.

Meanwhile, The Times recently disclosed a relegation clause in Dimitri Payet’s contract that would allow the Frenchman to leave for just £15 million if West Ham are relegated this season, and one potential destination could be the Gunners.

Wenger has made no secret of his admiration for Payet, who reminded the Arsenal manager of his ability only recently during a meeting between their respective clubs at the London Stadium. The midfielder assisted West Ham’s consolation goal with an exquisite free-kick which struck the bar, allowing Andy Carroll to score the rebound.

The Hammers will be hoping to remove the relevant clause during contract renegotiations, but with Payet already the club’s highest paid player on £125,000 a week, manager Slaven Bilic could be forced to pay well over the odds to keep him. Wenger will no doubt be watching events in Stratford with interest.

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