Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are unlikely to succeed in attempts to earn blockbuster new deals, according to
Arsenal chief Sir Chips Keswick.
The Gunners stars are out of contract in 2018 and are seeking bumper £250,000-per-week extensions, but Sir Chips believes the club will continue to negotiate player deals ‘rationally.’
Arsene Wenger has been promised further investment but Sir Chips has bad news for Gunners fans hoping the club will break the bank to avoid losing their superstar duo.
“We have continued to invest in the region of key players,” Sir Chips pointed out. “Francis Coquelin, Hector Bellerin, Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud have all signed new contracts, while we have taken up options to extend the contracts of Per Mertesacker and Santi Cazorla.
“Further work is required in the area of contract renewals and we will continue to invest rationally in our squad retention.
“As expected, increased Premier League broadcasting revenues have had a direct impact on player costs both in terms of transfer prices and player wage demands.
“While these are market forces that have contributed directly over time to the success of the Premier League, I would sound a note of caution in light of the very material contractual commitments to future wages that clubs are taking on.”
As another disappointing season fizzles out, the prospect of losing one or both of Sanchez and Ozil is a daunting but real one.
The Gunners are clinging on to the fourth and final Champions League place in the Premier League and are all but eliminated once again in the last 16 of the competition following a 5-1 first leg drubbing at the hands of Bayern Munich.
Failure to contend for the biggest honours could dissuade Sanchez and Ozil from extending their deals and with Sir Chips insisting negotiations will be rational, the pair’s futures appear to be away from the Emirates.
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