Arsenal stars Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie are to be offered new deals to stay at the London club, as Arsene Wenger fights to keep his top players, according to the Daily Star.
Nasri is set to be offered a £6 million deal to stay at the Emirates, amidst the midfielder refusing to sign a new contract with the Gunners. Nasri’s current deal runs out in a year, and the 24-year-old has been hot property for both Manchester City and Manchester United this summer.
Robin van Persie has also been targeted by numerous clubs, and Wenger will move to give the striker a pay rise as well. While van Persie is tied to the club until 2014, Arsenal are attempting to keep all of their players on board for the long term, and not allow the contract situation Nasri is in to happen again.
Nasri has reportedly been offered £160,000 a week at Manchester City, and while Arsenal can’t match that, Wenger is hoping that a significant pay rise will encourage his star playmaker to stay and possibly become the club’s key midfielder if Cesc Fabregas does leave.
Arsenal are considering giving the star £120,000, which was apparently one of Nasri’s demands in signing a new contract with the club.
Though Manchester City shouldn’t be discounted from the race to sign Nasri yet, with the club making public their hopes to chase the star. And with City’s seemingly unlimited transfer budget, should Nasri insist on leaving for more money, Arsenal may have no choice but to let the France international go.