Arsenal will have to dig deep in order to get two of their most wanted players next summer: Benedikt Howedes and William Carvalho.
First up: Howedes. It was announced by Schalke 04 on their club website that the German international has signed a new contract at the club. It will tie him to the Bundesliga club until 2020.
This is the fourth time that the Schalke man has extended his contract at the club, as the the 27-year-old has played with the Royal Blues since 2001, joining their youth ranks from SG Herten-Langenbochumm. He made his Bundesliga debut in October 2007.
The German defender was a target for Arsenal during the winter transfer window with the Gunners reportedly willing to pay the £9 million release clause in his old contract. However, a deal was never reached.
Next up: Carvalho. The Portuguese midfielder extended his contract at Sporting Lisbon, which also ties him to the club until 2020.
Arsenal have long been keen on the 23-year-old and Football Insider say they have the details of his new release clause, which is set at £35 million, while it was £29 million prior to his new terms.
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