Arsenal's want-away midfielder Samir Nasri has sent tremors through the club with an ultimatum stating they are to make him the highest paid player at the club if they want to keep him.
Nasri has just a year left on his contract, and though Arsenal would like to keep him, the 23-year-old and the club have failed to come to a conclusion for a new contract.
It has seen several clubs state their interest in the French playmaker, Premiership rivals Manchester United being one of them.
According the Daily Star, Nasri has demanded that his new contract be worth £6m a year - a deal which would make him the highest paid player in the club, more than the skipper Cesc Fabregas. Though Fabregas himself has stated his desire to leave, he could continue at the club if Arsenal play hard-ball by rejecting all overtures from Barcelona.
The report said that Alain Migliaccio, Nasri's agent, had on Wednesday admitted that Nasri would meet with boss Arsene Wenger soon.
There are a few clubs interested in Samir, but it is useless to name them. Before listening to other teams, we need and we want to talk with Arsenal, he said.
However, Arsenal are unlikely to agree to his demands. In fact, the Daily Star suggested that Wenger would sign Swedish midfielder Sebastian Larsson on a free transfer. Larsson was a Gunner till he moved to Birmingham in 2007, having failed to make an impact at Arsenal.
If the reports are to be believed, it would suggest that Wenger is already resigned to losing Nasri and Larsson has been lined-up as a replacement, along with Brazilian midfielder Willian who is also on Wenger's radar.