The German’s contract negotiations with the Gunners have prolonged beyond normal circumstances, and him staying seems like an unlikely possibility now. Özil is reportedly demanding a £300,000-a-week deal to extend his stay at the Emirates, which the club is reluctant to offer.
However, the London-based giants may have to brace themselves for an incoming bid from Barca, who, according to Mirror, have a £350,000-a-week deal waiting for the midfield maestro at Catalonia, should he decide to make the switch.
This development seems to be the result of interest from Manchester United, who are one of the clubs the German is interested to sign for in the event of a departure from North London.
Further, Inter Milan are also one of the interested parties in the 2014 World Cup champion’s services, and are open to table a bid around the region of £45 million.
The former Real Madrid man received a lot of harsh criticism, and even abuse from the Arsenal faithful following some of his questionable performances last season, making a switch of clubs understandable.
However, with the 29-year-old making a stunning comeback this season, Arséne Wenger might want to consider keeping arguably his best player.
Özil is heading into the last months of his current contract with the Londoners, and will be open to sign pre-contracts in January.
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.