Arsenal would be forced to sell players this summer, if Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil sign new contracts.
This is so they won’t breach Premier League rules, which limits the extent to which a club’s wage bill can increase year-on-year.
The short term cost control (STCC) measures, restrict teams to £7million increases in total salaries each season. Fresh deals for Sanchez and Ozil alone, would take the Gunners’ wage bill well beyond those restrictions, should both agree terms on £280,000-per- week contracts.
Sanchez currently earns £130,000 per week and Ozil £140,000, meaning both players could double their money, if they choose to stay in North London.
Their total pay rise would be in the region of £15m annually. Premier League rules however allow for overspend, provdied the clubs show that it comes as a result of increased commercial or matchday revenue, or player sales.