Watford have pulled out of any possible transfer deal with Kieran Gibbs after the Arsenal man reportedly wanted a £80,000 per week contract (via The Metro).
Arsenal are a club known for paying their players well but this could prove to be a problem this summer as the Gunners look to offload a number of squad members.
As many as nine Gunners stars are set to leave including the likes of Lucas Perez, David Ospina, Carl Jenkinson and Jack Wilshere. Other players linked with moves away include Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Olivier Giroud.
Another player who looks certain to leave is Kieran Gibbs. The Englishman is behind Nacho Monreal in the pecking order and with left-back Sead Kolasinac on his way to the Emirates, his situation will only get worse.
Newcastle, Brighton and Stoke City have all reportedly tracked the 27-year-old but Watford were the club closest to Gibbs’ signature.
However, the London side have reportedly pulled out of any deal for Gibbs after it was claimed that they could not match the club’s valuation of the player.
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Arsenal were reportedly looking for £15 million for Gibbs, a player who would also want a £80,000 weekly salary.
It seems like a lot of money for a squad player in the last year of his contract but perhaps it is just a starting price to be negotiated down. Historically, Arsenal have been pretty poor at getting the best sums of money for the players they’re selling and here’s hoping that will change in the future.