A report in the Daily Mirror is claiming that Henrik Mkhitaryan and Mesut Ozil could be sold in the summer transfer window to raise funds for fresh acquisitions.
The report claims that Mkhitaryan salary of £180,000 per week, along with Ozil’s £350,000 per week could be spent better elsewhere and that our finances are strained because of the supposed inflated wage bill.
The Mirror further claims that we will have only a £45 Million transfer budget if we fail to make the Champions League.
Wow, where to start?
Ok, first off, the Mirror appear to have got their salary figures well wrong, TotalSportTek, a website that specialises in wage data has Mkhitaryan on £120k per week and Ozil on £300k a week, that is a cool £110k less than what the Mirror is claiming, surely that pays the wages of a new player.
Then there is the £45 Million transfer budget, I wish the Mirror would get their figures right, is it £45 Million or £40 Million that they claimed on the 4th of February.
So, they get the wages well wrong, they contradict themselves on our transfer budget and of course, they provide no sources whatsoever.
Let’s get some perspective, there will be players leaving, fringe players, players like Mohamed Elneny, Calum Chambers, Shkodran Mustafi and possibly Danny Welbeck and of course, Petr Cech and Aaron Ramsey will be removed from the weekly wage bill as well.
With sales, we could easily have a budget of £100 Million and be able to fund decent wages as well.
We may not be able to compete with Man City but we will be just fine and this sort of article is nothing more than scaremongering riddled with inaccuracies without any perspective or context.