Will £60,000 wage 'offer' from club actually help Arsenal sign reported target?

Arsenal v Southampton 2012 Pregame with Schneiderlin

Southampton are reported to be making an offer to renew Morgan Schneiderlin's contract, but will their offer be enough?

Southampton are reported by The Mail to be keen on offering midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin a new contract.

The midfielder is credited as a target for Arsenal by the paper, and their reasoning to tie him to a new deal is to keep him happy at the club.

The paper reports they will present the Frenchman with a new deal worth £60,000 per week, doubling his current wages. While this is potentially a positive move for both club and player if an agreement can be reached, the key question is whether it will be enough?

Big wages

If Schneiderlin were to move to Arsenal, not only would he be switching to a team which look likely to qualify for their 18th consecutive Champions League, he could probably expect a higher wage packet than £60,000 per week.

Arsenal would look at the reported offer from the Saints as a figure they can easily top, and feel confident of being able to turn his head.

The Gunners have an annual wage bill higher than Chelsea's the Telegraph reported earlier this season, with Mesut Ozil earning around £130,000 per week.

Arsenal already pay injury struck Abou Diaby £60,000 per week and Tomas Rosicky £80,000 per week, figures which could be wiped off their wage bill at the end of this season. This provides scope for the club to top Southampton's offer to Schneiderlin.

With the Southampton man breaking into the French national team last year, Schneiderlin's negotiating stance is improved, and they may have to more than double his wages to keep him out of Arsenal's hands.

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