Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil currently finds himself in a tricky situation with his latest contract fiasco at the London club.
The former Real Madrid player is currently in his 5th season at Arsenal, and sees his ongoing contract expire at end of the current season. Despite the Gunners trying to tie him down with a new deal, Ozil has so far stayed away from agreeing to any offer made by the Premier League outfit. The German is currently Arsenal’s highest paid footballer, and wants almost a double hike on his existing £150,000-a- week.
According to The Sun, the 28-year-old is yet to find any suitor willing to match his whopping weekly wage demands. Arsenal had offered the playmaker a staggering £250,000-a-week earlier in the summer, but Ozil refused to pay heed. Now, the player’s representatives might be forced to find a way out, or get Ozil to go back and accept the Gunners’ previous offer.
Arsenal risk losing Ozil in the summer for free, and with his fellow teammate Alexis Sanchez on his way out, they would not allow another key asset to leave the club without a sound return. Also, Ozil has been a vital cog for the Emirates outfit, after helping the side clinch three FA Cup titles in the last four seasons. Wenger values Ozil dearly, and will be hoping the club persuades him to put pen on paper.
It is likely that if no agreement is reached between Arsenal and Ozil until January, Arsene Wenger would be prepared to sell him in the winter transfer window, even for a relatively bargain sum.
Besiktas and Inter Milan are said to be interested, but it is unlikely for those two outfits to go as far ahead and pay the sum the player is demanding.
Written by Rajdeep Saha
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