Mesut Ozil has been grabbing headlines for years, but most recently, he has been in the news largely due to his contract rebellion saga at Arsenal. With the possibility of an exit from the Emirates ever growing, the player has identified three clubs he would be willing to join in that scenario.
The former Real Madrid man had a rather bizarre campaign last year, racking up 12 goals and as many assists in all competitions while still being subjected to heavy criticism. Though many argue his work ethic should be questioned, others point out the stats to counter such claims.
However, though he has openly expressed his satisfaction in London and at the club, Ozil is yet to make any significant movement to extend his stay at the Emirates.
Meanwhile, the German international’s deteriorating relationship with the Gunners hasn’t gone unnoticed, as European giants like Barcelona and Man Utd are reportedly keen on securing his services. And according to Goal, the talented midfielder is open to joining either of those clubs, along with a third one: Real Madrid.
The report read: “Both Barcelona and Manchester United have expressed an interest in signing the Germany international, with both clubs among the three sides Ozil would be willing to represent apart from Arsenal, his former team Real Madrid completing that trio of superclubs.”
While Barca officials are working to ease the excess burden on Lionel Messi by bringing in a world class playmaker, the Red Devils are keen on bringing in a creative leader to enhance their attacking prowess.
The Catalans are clearly dependant on the Argentinian against tough sides, and consequently, have burdened him with the weight of the whole team. And though joining the Spanish giants wouldn’t be something to overthink about, Ozil would certainly fancy a reunion with Jose Mourinho.
On the other hand, however, Los Blancos have no interest in bringing the midfield maestro back to the Santiago Bernabeu, since they already have a perfect midfield mechanism revolving around Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and Casemiro.
As the ex-Schalke man is running down his contract to the last year, it appears increasingly likely that he will depart from North London alongside fellow contract rebel Alexis Sanchez, who failed to push through a move to Manchester City on deadline day.
Written by Ashish Sreejith
Have had two addictions in life- playing football and watching football. Usually described as introverted but not when it comes to speaking and writing about the beautiful game of football.