With Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal set to compete with one another once again for a Champions League place next season, which of the two sides manages to improve their strike force the most this summer could be a crucial factor.
That might well come down to which of them sign David Villa from Barcelona, with the two North London sides reportedly leading the chase for the 31-year-old.
The transfer fee is not likely to be a significant stumbling block, with Barcelona likely to accept a bid of around £10million, but Villa’s wages are going to prove more of an issue for two teams with famously rigid pay scales.
Overcoming this problem might be even harder now, as the news has broken that Villa will receive an automatic boost to his wages if he stays at Barcelona next season.
Currently on €7.5million per year, Villa’s wages would rise to €11million next season in a bonus designed to reward him for seeing out his contract at Barcelona.
That breaks down to over €210,000 a week, and with the top earners at Spurs and Arsenal currently reported to be on around £100,000 a week, they are incredibly unlikely to offer the striker anything near parity with what he could earn at Barcelona.
Although Villa apparently favours a move to England, with big spending clubs in Russia and France likely to be interested in the forward too, he might be tempted to move elsewhere if those are the only places he can receive similar wages as those he would be in line for at Barcelona.
Villa has said he will decide his future after the Confederations Cup, which finished on the 30th June. Spurs and Arsenal are both likely to be in the running for his signature, but convincing the striker to take such a big pay cut will be difficult for both teams.
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