Arsene Wenger is reportedly prepared to make Samir Nasri the joint highest paid player at The Emirates.
According to a report in The London Evening Standard, Wenger is desperate to keep Nasri at Arsenal and is willing to up the French international’s wages to £110,000 a week.
The 24-year-old is thought to be earning around £60,000 a week with the Gunners at the current time, and reportedly declined a new £90,000-a-week deal earlier this season.
It’s hoped that improved terms will persuade Nasri to stay at Arsenal after comments he made earlier this week about wanting to win trophies.
Wenger will hope the new terms will be enough to fend off interest from Manchester United, Manchester City, and Chelsea, who are all rumoured to be interested in the former Marseille star.
United and City are believed to be willing to offer Arsenal up to £20 million, while Chelsea are thought to be willing to go as high as £25 million if they lose out on Tottenham’s Luka Modric.
City and Chelsea are believed to be able to offer the Arsenal man a wage packet in the region of £150,00 a week, while United would likely only be willing to match Arsenal’s latest offer.
Wenger was in a nearly identical situation last season when Cesc Fabregas said he would like to leave Arsenal for Barcelona. Fabregas agreed to a new contract, believed to be the same £110,000 a week being offered to Nasri, and stayed in north London for another year at least.
Fabregas has said very little about a move from the Emirates to Camp Nou since, but it is believed he will be a Barcelona player before the transfer window shuts.
Whether Nasri will follow in his Arsenal captain’s footsteps remains to be seen.