In a bid to keep Mesut Ozil at the club, Arsene Wenger is ready to make the midfielder Arsenal’s first £200,000-a-week player.
The German playmaker has two years left on his current £140,000-a-week contract, but manager Wenger is confident that he will put pen to paper on a new deal.
Keeping Ozil will be a huge boost for the North London team, who finish the 2015/2016 campaign without silverware.
There is less certainty about Alexis Sanchez, who is attracting interest from Bayern Munich and Juventus. But Ozil is in advanced negotiations and is expected to stay at the Emirates.
According to reports, the new deal is heavily weighted with potential bonuses based on success, appearances and goals.