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Arsenal make contact with £50m duo to replace Ozil and Sanchez, as they head towards exit


Arsenal could be prepared to sell star duo Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez after having refused to bow down to their wage demands. The duo are understood to want wages of around £300,000-a-week which is well beyond the club’s expectations.

According to The Sun, the north London club could part ways with both Ozil and Sanchez in the summer with Schalke’s Max Meyer and Porto’s Yacine Brahimi identified as potential replacements.

Meyer, just 21, has been often compared to Tottenham Hotspur’s Dele Alli, and his performances for club and country have also captured the attention of league rivals Liverpool.

In spite of this, the Gunners are hoping to pursue the highly-rated youngster, who could be available for just £15m following his decision to snub a contract extension at the Veltins-Arena.

The FA Cup semi-finalists are understood to have recently secured a Bosman move for Schalke left-back Sead Kolasinac, and they will seek to utilise their close association in order to acquire the services of the Germany international.

Meanwhile, Porto winger Brahimi is the other on the Gunners radar after having failed to realise a deadline day move to the Premier League with Everton last summer.

The Gunners’ hierarchy appear to liken Brahimi to Sanchez, and they will seek to push for a deal for the Algeria international, who is likely to cost in upwards of £35m in the summer transfer window.

Arsenal are currently seven points adrift of a potential Champions League spot, and they will have go on an extended winning streak until the end of the season in order to preserve the history of having finished in the top-four in each term under manager Arsene Wenger.

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