Arsenal are reportedly unwilling to offer midfielder Aaron Ramsey wages on par with fellow Gunners star Mesut Ozil. Negotiations between the club and the player over a new contract are ongoing, although both parties are still said to be some way apart. The Gunners remain hopeful that the Wales star will eventually agree to sign a new deal, but the Evening Standard reports that the 27-year-old has been told to forget anything similar to Ozil’s £350k-per-week deal.
Ozil’s contract is believed to have complicated matters by adjusting parameters over feasible demands for other key players. However, Arsenal have told Ramsey that Ozil has a specific worldwide commercial value and that his contract should not be used as a benchmark. Ramsey, whose deal runs out next summer, currently earns £110k-per-week and he is hoping for a significant increase.
The midfielder was surprisingly left on the bench in Arsenal’s 3-2 defeat at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, leading to speculation that he my being eyed by European clubs as their transfer window does not shut until the end of the month.