Alexis Sanchez has been offered a new Arsenal deal worth £180,000-a-week, but has been given no assurances about manager Arsene Wenger’s future.
According to the Mirror,
Striker Sanchez is holding out for at least £250,000-a-week and, with no resolution in sight, the club fear negotiations could drag on until next summer.
The Gunners are in a similar situation with their other star man Mesut Ozil, but intriguingly neither player has asked for or been given an indication on whether Wenger will commit his own future to the Emirates.
There is a strong belief at Arsenal that the 67-year-old, whose current contract expires after this season, will sign a new two-year deal.
Wenger is staying tight-lipped on his plans and Arsenal are determined to keep their prized assets even if the manager does end up making his 20th full season in charge his last.
The Mirror also reports that Ozil in particular, gets on well with the Frenchman but both players are driving very hard bargains and the longer talks drag on, the more costly it could become.
There are fears Ozil could leave Arsenal at the end of the season after his recent comments on his love for former club Real Madrid and refusing to discuss his foreseeable future.
The Germany international, bought from Real Madrid in 2013 for a club-record £42million, is currently on £140,000-a-week while Sanchez gets £130,000 every seven days.
Arsenal are hopeful both will eventually sign, with Ozil set to be offered a deal in excess of £200,000-a-week.
But both are in strong positions.
There are not many clubs outside the Premier League who would pay them in excess of £200,000-a-week.