According to a report by the French publication Eurosport.fr, Mathieu Flamini’s Premier League wages could prevent a potential move to Ligue 1 side Bastia from going through.
The former Milan midfielder has been tipped to leave the Gunners this summer, with his position in the squad now very much a back-up role and his contract is also due to run out in 2016.
With boss Arsene Wenger seemingly happy to allow Flamini to leave, Eurospor.fr explain how Bastia have made a move for the veteran, with talks between the parties currently underway.
However, the 31-year-old still has at least another couple of years at a top level ahead of him and his deal in North London is in line with a solid Premier League salary.
The report states that while convincing the Gunners to part with Flamini isn’t tricky, persuading the three-time capped French international to take a big wage cut could prove problematic.
Should Arsenal hold on to Mathieu Flamini for one more season?
Arsenal are pretty overloaded in the centre of midfield, with Francis Coquelin, Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Mikel Arteta ahead of Flamini in the pecking order.
However, if the club fail to purchase another defensive midfielder, then there remains the potential dilemma of having sufficient cover for the more defensive-minded Coquelin.
Flamini is arguably more suited to that role than the likes of Arteta and Wilshere, though the latter’s developing style could prompt Wenger to opt for the Englishman as Coquelin’s ideal alternative.