According to The Independent, Arsenal might have to sell a whole host of players this summer to ensure they don’t come into conflict with the Premier League’s new cost control regulations.
Set to kick in next season, the Premier League is introducing new rules to regulate how much a club’s wage bill can increase each year.
This is an issue for Arsenal as the Gunners are looking to tie both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil down to lucrative long term contracts which will increase the club’s wage bill.
The Independent’s Jack Pitt-Brooke points out that if Arsenal’s wage bill is £7m higher next season than it was last season, they would need to make up for it in extra revenue – most likely player sales.
The likes of Jack Wilshere, Olivier Giroud and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would all have the exit door look all the more likely if Ozil and Sanchez signed new deals.
For Liverpool, this comes as good news as it would put them in a good position in their pursuit of Chamberlain. With Arsenal potentially in a position where they would need to sell, Liverpool would hold considerably more bargaining power than initially thought.
On top of Arsenal’s wage bill predicament, Liverpool are in the position of being able to offer Champions League football whereas Arsenal are due to participate in the Europa League.
Arsenal are looking to offer Sanchez and Ozil wages of £280,000 per week, according to the Independent, which would see the club’s wage bill increase by £15m. This increase is before any new signings are taken into consideration.
Arsenal will have to sell a few players this summer if they are to hold onto both Sanchez and Ozil. Chamberlain is likely to be one of those with his contract yet to be settled and rumours aplenty regarding his future.
If the club’s wage bill does increase then revenue needs to cover the increase with commercial money, ticketing and player sales all possible avenues of income.
Although, with Arsenal absent from the UEFA Champions League, the Gunners will struggle to make up the deficit through commercial, ticketing or TV money.
Liverpool are looking to bolster their squad as they look to take part in next season’s Champions League which Chamberlain could be a part of.
Mohamed Salah has already joined Liverpool, breaking the club’s transfer record previously held by Andy Carroll since his 2011 move.
Naby Keita is also a priority for Liverpool while there could still be more drama in the Virgil van Dijk saga.