Arsenal are making one last push to keep Mesut Ozil.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has not given up on keeping the 29-year-old Germany star, and the club are still hoping a new round of negotiations could persuade him to stay.
Manchester United and Barcelona are both keen on Ozil, who is out of contract at the end of the season and is able to sign a pre-contract with foreign clubs from January 1.
Arsenal have already offered him a deal worth around £275,000-a-week but have yet to make a breakthrough.
Ozil has made it clear it is also about winning trophies, not just finance — although he would also be able to get an even bigger deal as a free agent.
With striker Alexis Sanchez now seen as almost certain to leave, Arsenal are trying to pull out all of the stops on Ozil — especially as he has been in excellent form as Wenger’s men make a push for the top four.
They would be devastated to lose their two biggest stars for nothing in the same summer and, while Sanchez’s form has been inconsistent with his future uncertain, Ozil has been back to his best in the last few weeks.
Ozil knows he can become the biggest earner in club history by signing a mega-deal and it is now whether they can persuade him to stay rather than move somewhere offering a greater chance of trophies.
Mirror Sport revealed Barcelona’s interest in Ozil last month, while United boss Jose Mourinho remains an admirer from when they spent three years working together at Real Madrid.
Arsenal still believe the issue is in the balance and Wenger recently backtracked on suggesting he might sell Ozil or Sanchez in January by insisting they will not cash in.
The figures are likely to go up as Ozil’s deal runs down, while Sanchez is a target for Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City.