ARSENAL are preparing to take a tough stance on players running down their contracts to avoid a repeat of losing Aaron Ramsey on a free.
The Gunners will see one of their senior players leave the club without a fee this summer – and will have to spend big to replace him.
EPA1 Aaron Ramsey will be leaving Arsenal on a free transfer – and the club want to avoid a repeat in the future
Ramsey has agreed a deal to join Juventus in the close season having seen his talks over extending his contract at the Emirates collapse.
And the departure of the Welsh international comes just 18 months after Arsenal were effectively held to ransom as Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil both entered the final years of their contracts.
The Mirror say the Gunners have revealed they are now adopting a new policy to take a much stronger stance against players to protect themselves from losing millions.
Gunners director Josh Kroenke spoke with a section of supporters to answer some of their concerns about the way the club was being run.
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And one of the things he is reported to have told them is they will no longer be in a repeat position again when it comes to player contracts running out.
Instead they will look to ensure all stars who play a future in the club's plans will be tied down to deals with years to run.
And if they get into the position where players are delaying signing contracts, they will look to sell them for a large fee instead.
Once players enter the final two years of a contract, their market value can be affected hugely.
Fees can be knocked down by as much as 50 per cent with buying clubs driving a hard bargain with selling sides, especially when they face losing a player for nothing 12-18 months down the line.
Ultimately, Arsenal took the decision to withdraw their contract offer to Ramsey with limited resources available for Unai Emery to mould a new squad.
The midfielder wanted similar terms to the contract handed to Ozil the previous year which saw him collect £350,000-a-week to stay, with the Gunners knowing he could walk away six months later for nothing.