According to reports in the Daily Mirror, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger could face major battles to avoid losing another four players next summer.
Robin van Persie, Theo Walcott, Thomas Vermaelen and Andrey Arshavin will all have one year left on their contracts at the end of the current season and Wenger may be forced to cash in on them, rather than risk losing the quartet on free transfers.
Arsenal were faced with a similar situation this summer when they opted to sell Samir Nasri because he only had one year left on his deal.
Our desire is there to convince them to stay,” said Wenger. “We tried before and the financial gap on that front has become bigger for us.
“I cannot say that if we go to our maximum wage that we are sure to sign a player.”
Bayern Munich and Inter Milan are reportedly keen on new Gunners captain Van Persie, while England winger Walcott would have no shortage of takers with Chelsea linked with the player in the summer.