Arsenal forced into rethink over full-back target after steep wage demand

Date published: Tuesday 12th May 2020 6:34 - Jonny Whitfield

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Paris Saint-Germain full-back Layvin Kurzawa, who has been linked with Arsenal, wants a base salary of roughly £100,000 per week, according to a report.

Kurzawa moved to the French capital from Monaco on a five-year contract in 2015 and so his future with the Ligue 1 champions is unclear as entry into free agency looms.

Arsenal have been heavily linked with the 27-year-old in recent months, with one report claiming that the Gunners had submitted an “interesting offer” to the player’s chief advisor.

According to FCInterNews, there is no prospect of a new deal for Kurzawa at PSG and so the left-back has made plans for a move to another club.

One part of that plan, the report claims, is to announce that he wants a five-year contract with a base salary of €6million a season (£5.2million), which equates roughly to £100,000 per week.

The Daily Express claims that Arsenal are looking to cut their wage bill amid the financial uncertainties surrounding football and the transfer market.

It is claimed that Arsenal may have to consider their approach given that Kieran Tierney, who arrived from Celtic last summer and earns around £75,000 per week, is expected to be the Gunners’ number one choice despite his recent injury woes.


Therefore, it is unclear whether Arsenal will be prepared to meet Kurzawa’s demands, with Bukayo Saka – who has impressed since switching to left-back – also vying for a place in the team.

Arsenal are still paying off the £72million transfer fee that brought Nicolas Pepe to North London last summer and the newspaper claims that if the likes of Sead Kolasinac, Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis Papastathopoulos are sold, £280,000 per week will be saved.

Midfielder Mesut Ozil, meanwhile, earns £350,000 per week as per the three-and-a-half-year extension he penned in January 2018.

Arsenal’s head of football, Raul Sanllehi, has previously outlined that he does not expect clubs across Europe to continue spending in the manner seen in previous windows.

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