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Journalist says £43m Arsenal target wants huge wage

Dean Jones has expressed suprise at the huge wage demands of one Arsenal target ahead of the summer transfer windodw.

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Journalist, Dean Jones, suggests that Arsenal may need to offer one transfer target a lucrative contract worth more than he earns every week.

Mikel Arteta has transformed the Gunners into a competitive unit with impressive outings in the Premier League and Champions League, prompting them to seek key additions to bolster their squad.

Among their potential targets is Nico Williams, who has been impressing in La Liga with Athletic Bilbao, having contributed four goals and 11 assists this season.

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Reports say Arsenal have held discussions regarding a move for Nico Williams, whose release clause is valued at £43 million.

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In his recent engagement with Ranks FC, Jones indicates that Arsenal may have to make Nico Williams one of their highest-paid players to secure his signature, with the player reportedly seeking wages close to £300,000-a-week.

Jones expressed surprise at the high figures, stating that they would make Williams one of the top earners in the Premier League.

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He said: ‘Nico Williams is also looking for huge wages. I’m surprised at the numbers that have been mentioned to me of what he’s looking for in terms of personal terms. Extremely high, like literally would make him the top earner at most clubs in the Premier League,’ he said.

‘When the number was mentioned to me, it was close to £300,000, from what I was told. £300,000-a-week, I was like what? And then I looked up his current salary and, wow, he’s already on approximately £200,000-a-week. I couldn’t believe that.’

Considering Arsenal’s recent signing of Kai Havertz with a reported weekly wage of £330,000, offering such terms to Williams would suggest they expect significant contributions from him immediately.

While his versatility could benefit Arsenal, offering such a hefty contract to a 21-year-old could be a potential gamble.

Nevertheless, given Williams’ talent and release clause, Jones believes that if Arsenal does not make a move, another club likely will.

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