Arsenal would smash the infamous wage structure for Liverpool’s Luis Suarez
Arsenal would be prepared to break their oft-discussed wage structure to secure the signing of Luis Suarez, the Metro reports.
They claim that the Uruguay international would be offered a £160,000-a-week deal at the Emirates if an agreement can be reached between the two clubs.
The Gunners have a strict wage structure that currently sees their top earners pocketing far less than those at other top Premier League teams. But there is usually a smaller range of salaries at Arsenal than elsewhere, meaning the lower earners get more than they would at other clubs and that nobody is too far from the average salary.
That’s supposed to avoid dressing room jealously and outlandish demands from agents. But the policy has also been criticised for stopping the Gunners competing for world-class players and over-rewarding mediocre ones.
It could all be about to change though, with the reports that Suarez will be offered £160,000-a-week. That’s significantly more than the Gunners’ top earners – Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski – who are both on £100,000-a-week.
Suarez currently earns £120,000-a-week at Liverpool, so Arsenal have drawn up a four-year contract that takes money out of the equation as the 26-year-old ponders his future.
Arsenal could return to the Reds with a third bid later this week.