Arsenal transfer rumours and gossip: Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez
Last Updated: 11/08/17 8:16am
We round up the latest Arsenal transfers rumours from around the British and European press on Friday, August 11.
Arsenal have offered Alexis Sanchez a new deal worth £300,000 a week, according to the Daily Mail.
The Chile international has a year left on his current contract and has been linked with a move away from the Emirates.
He will not feature in the Premier League opener against Leicester on Friday Night Football, live on Sky Sports Premier League.
Sanchez apparently made it clear he wants upwards of £300,000 before he would even consider a new Arsenal deal.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, though, has told SFR Sport that he is not "super optimistic" that Sanchez will sign a new contact.
"In the short term he will remain an Arsenal player," said Wenger. "Whether we manage to get him to sign an extension or not… we have so far not been able to."
The Sun say Arsenal think they have made a breakthrough in the negotiations to keep Mesut Ozil at the Emirates.
It is reported that Ozil, who has a year left to run on his current deal, looks as though he will accept the £225,000-a-week offer.
Wenger has ruled out a move for Leicester's Riyad Mahrez, saying: "We were never close. I rate him as a player but we have similar types with Alex Iwobi, Jack Wilshere back. Mesut Ozil... we have plenty of the same type of players."
Newcastle are fearing they might miss out on signing Lucas Perez, according to the Daily Express.
Apparently Deportivo La Coruna are "increasingly confident" Perez will head back to Spain.
While Arsenal are reportedly looking to sell players this summer, Antonio Conte has expressed frustration at Chelsea's squad size.
But does Wenger have any sympathy? "Maybe, yes he has the opposite problem [to Arsenal] but if you look at the number of players that are out on loan, they can call a few back.
"I have sympathy for him. But do I feel sorry for Chelsea because they don't have enough players? Then no."