Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could see his weekly wages at Arsenal doubled to 50,000 pounds this summer, with Arsene Wenger keen to offload some players and offer key figures better deals according to reports in The Daily Telegraph.
The Gunners are said to be close to breaking even on their turnover, which in turn means that earners such as the likes of Andrey Arshavin, Nicklas Bendtner and Marouane Chamakh could be forced to move on to make sure that the club is financially healthy.
Despite Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott being due for contract talks after the season, the rapid emergence of 18-year-old Oxlade-Chamberlain means that he, too, can expect an improved deal.
Although the winger spent last season plying his trade in League One with Southampton, Wenger is said to be very impressed with his midfielder's progress and believes that he merits a bigger contract.
It is thought this will mean doubling his current 25,000 pounds-per-week wages. However, the new deal hinges on whether or not Arsenal can offload their bit-part players in the summer.
It is also rumoured that the Gunners will announce the signing of German international Lukas Poldolski in the coming weeks for around 11 million pounds.
- Nicklas Bendtner
- Marouane Chamakh
- Andrey Arshavin
- Theo Walcott