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The departure of John Obi Mikel from Europe to the Far East means either Alex Iwobi or Victor Moses will in the coming days become Nigeria’s highest paid footballer in Europe.
Mikel was Nigeria’s highest-earning player in Europe on £80,000 a week before his move to Chinese side Tianjin Teda, leaving Moses and Iwobi with the chance to take his spot going by reports on talks about a new deal for the duo by their respective clubs.
The English Premier League duo are presently Nigeria’s top two earners in Europe, and they are both reportedly in talks with their employers over a new deal.
Iwobi is set to be rewarded with a new deal and pay package by the Gunners after becoming one of the mainstays of the first team in just over a year since his professional bow.
He currently earns £30,000 a week but reports suggest he is about to be rewarded with double his current pay, which will take his weekly wage to £60,000 a week.
Moses has experienced an upturn in fortunes at Chelsea under Antonio Conte, with the Nigerian now firmly established as a regular in the manager’s favourite 3-4-3 system.
Talks are reportedly underway for him to be rewarded with a new deal and pay away from his present £55,000 a week deal to ward off rumoured interest from Barcelona.