Arsene Wenger has admitted that the club will need to spend big to tie their star player Mesut Ozil to a new contract as his future at the club remains uncertain.
The German star has been linked with a return to Real Madrid but it is unlikely the Gunners will let go of their most prized possession.
It is widely rumoured that Ozil wants a new deal worth £200,000-per-week, the first player at the Emirates to reach that kind of wage and a £60,000 increase on his current salary.
And while Wenger has suggested that the World Cup winner doesn’t need ‘convincing’ to stay, a source has told the Daily Mirror that Ozil ‘knows his market value’.
“I don’t think he needs convincing. He wants to stay here. But if you have a good bank, call me.
“It’s not just money. Arsenal can win titles of course. But that’s what we have to show. We are in a League where – Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea – everybody fights and you cannot guarantee that to anybody.
“We keep [negotiations] discreet. At due time we will come out with that. We want to keep our best players, of course. But the more I say that, the more he is in a stronger position!”
Mesut Ozil was on target in Arsenal’s last Premier League game against Swansea.