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Arsenal reportedly seeking deal with Mesut Ozil to get German off club’s books
Reports in England this afternoon have suggested that Arsenal are keen to thrash out a deal with Mesut Ozil, in a bid to rid themselves of the remainder of the German’s astronomical wage packet.
Speculation surrounding Gunners midfielder Ozil has reemerged in force over recent weeks.
On the back of another disappointing campaign, during which the 31-year-old struggled for form, fitness and game-time, rumours have begun to crop back up regarding a potential exit from the Emirates.
Despite Ozil having initially established himself as first-choice following the appointment of Mikel Arteta, he was subsequently frozen out following English football’s post-Covid-19 return in June, failing to take to the pitch once across Arsenal’s final 14 outings of the season.
This comes on top of the fact that the German managed a paltry return of one goal and two assists across 23 prior appearances over the course of the campaign.
Perhaps most concerning of all when it comes to Ozil’s current situation at the Emirates, however, is not his form, or relationship with Mikel Arteta, but rather the German’s staggering wages.
Ozil is currently tied down to a deal which sees the former Real Madrid man net £350,000-per-week, making him Arsenal’s top earner, and by some distance.
While such a mammoth payout to a player contributing so little on the pitch would of course come as a source of concern at any given point, though, the current financial climate makes Ozil’s contract a genuinely pressing issue in north London.
And, as outlined above, if the latest media speculation doing the rounds this weekend is to be believed, then those in a position of power at the Emirates appear ready to take drastic action to remedy the situation.
As per a report from the Mirror, since pushed further by the Daily Mail, Arsenal are ready to open negotiations with Ozil over a potential pay-off.
The capital giants are said to be desperate to have the remaining £18 million owed to the midfielder off their books, and will therefore attempt to thrash out a deal over the coming weeks.
A compromise is being sought, whereby Ozil would potentially accept a reduced figure to what remains on his current deal, in exchange for a one-off lump sum payment.
An alternative approach would see the German farmed out on loan, with Arsenal subsidising his wages for the 2020/21 season.
Arsenal ‘ready to PAY OFF Mesut Ozil’s £18m contract’ or subsidise a chunk of astronomical wages to get him out of the club https://t.co/IRoFstKhOj
MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) August 9, 2020