Mesut Ozil could be staying at Arsenal after all…
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Mesut Ozil could look to sign a new contract at Arsenal after all…because no clubs are willing to pay his staggering £330,000-a-week wage demands.
The German playmaker is in the final year of his current Gunners contract and is set to become a free agent in the summer after rejecting several offers to extend his stay at the club.
He has been widely linked with moves across European football, including Italy, France and Turkey.
But according to The Sun, he could end up staying in north London as no clubs are willing to meet his huge wages.
It means Ozil may now attempt a humiliating U-turn and try to revive the £250,000-a-week Arsenal deal which was on the table over the summer, which he initially rejected as he wanted more money.
The 28-year-old likely expected clubs to scramble to sign him when he made it clear he was looking to move on from Arsenal at the end of his contract.
But it is claimed Turkish champions Besiktas are the only side to have shown any serious interest, and even they are not willing or able to pay anything near his demands of £17million a year.
Inter Milan have been linked with a move for the midfielder, but they have also passed up the chance to sign him due to his wages.
Arsenal spent a then club-record £42.5m to sign Ozil from Real Madrid in 2013, but, despite often shining as one of the club’s best players, the Germany international has also been slammed for his lazy playing style.
The former Schalke and Werden Breman man is currently out on the sidelines with a knee injury but Arsenal haven’t missed him, having gone six games unbeaten without the playmaker in the side.