It’s just another regular day in the Mesut Ozil transfer saga.
The 29-year-old World Cup winner is nowhere near signing a new contract with the London-based club and is looking increasingly likely to leave the Emirates as early as January.
Mesut Ozil produced a superb display in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Tottenham last weekend to send a clear message to his relentless critics and also to show potential suitors what is there to get in the German midfield maestro.
Ozil has initially been linked with a Manchester United switch but Arsene Wenger would rather not sell his prized asset to his direct rivals in the Premier League, more so to his hated rival Jose Mourinho.
The German international himself was reportedly keen on a reunion with his former Real Madrid boss but other options have emerged that might actually be quite as tempting for the Arsenal star.
The other day Spanish media outlets claimed that Catalan giants Barcelona are prepared to invest €20 million and include out-of-favour midfielder Andre Gomes as part of Mesut Ozil offer, but they are not alone in the race.
The latest reports arriving from the German newspaper Bild have it that Ozil’s former club Schalke are interested in reuniting with the Gunners playmaker. Mesut Ozil started his career at Schalke where he made 30 appearances for the first team between 2006 and 2008 when he moved to Werder Bremen.
Schalke chief Clemens Tonnies moved on to confirm interest in Arsenal star, claiming that Bundesliga hot-shots are exploring the possibility to get Ozil back to Gelsenkirchen.
“I can imagine a return quite well. If there would be a possiblitiy we would think about it. It would be a nice story to have him back.”, he said.
Schalke are one of the most exciting teams in Germany this season. Unbeaten in their last six Bundesliga matches, they currently sit second in the table, trailing leaders Bayern by six points.
The Gelsenkirchen side travel to Dortmund next weekend to lock horns with home side Borussia in a highly anticipated Revierderby and can be found at 15/4 to claim a win.