Intermediaries are working hard to find a new club for Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil, according to Matt Law of The Telegraph.
The German arrived to the Emirates for around €50 million (the club record at the time) in 2013, and though he had been doing very well for a long time, things have unraveled in the other direction recently. With Alexis Sanchez and Ozil both looking towards the exit door about a year ago, the club decided to do a swap deal with Manchester United in which they gave Sanchez up and signed Henrikh Mkhitaryan in return. Given what has been going with those two players since then, in cannot be disputed that the Gunners made the right call in that aspect.
However, Ozil was convinced to stay by a new deal that sees him earning £350,000 per week to this day, and it’s fair to say that that decision wasn’t nearly as fruitful.
Since Arsene Wenger departed and Unai Emery took over, Ozil has missed as many games as he played in, and even in those games he played in, he was mostly far from a satisfactory level. It would appear that the new manager simply does not trust his tactical astuteness, physique and work rate.
As Law claims in his report, there are no indications that these intermediaries are employed by the club, though he believes that an offer put on the table would attract their attention. The report doesn’t name them, but adds that they have connections in Italy and China. The biggest obstacle in finding a solution is, as you’d expect, matching his enormous wages at Arsenal, and it is proving quite a challenge to find a club that needs Ozil in their ranks AND is willing to pay that kind of money on a weekly basis.
Freeing up the funds tied down by the presence of Ozil on the payroll would certainly be important for Arsenal, especially if the report is right in saying that should the Gunners once more fail to reach the Champions League, their transfer kitty would amount to no more than £50 million.
Arsenal play the first leg of Europa League’s round of 32 on Thursday when they travel to face BATE Borisov, and they can be backed at 4/9 to win.