Wenger keeps eye on German youngster who is having a great Bundesliga season.
Arsenal are planning for life without Cesc Fabregas by lining up a £15 million swoop for Germany playmaker Mesut Ozil.
Fabregas underlined his commitment to the Gunners cause with two goals against AZ Alkmaar during the week, but speculation continues to link him with a move to boyhood team Barcelona.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has identified Ozil, the Werder Bremen midfielder, as an ideal replacement, should Fabregas head back to his native Spain. (Eurosport)
Werder Bremen insist they are keeping their ‘cool’ over reports linking Mesut Ozil with a move away from the club.
The latest links have claimed that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is lining up a bid for the highly-rated midfielder.
The 21-year-old has less than two-years left on his current deal, but Werder are insistent they are not worrying about this latest batch of speculation.
“We have to deal with all rumours regarding Mesut’s future,” Werder’s general manager Klaus Allofs told Bild.
“I am not annoyed by them, we keep being relaxed on it. I just hope Mesut and his agent keep cool, too.
“It would definitely be better, in fact, if his contract would be a longer one.
“But up to now there are no further talks and also no agreement when to pick up contract talks between the club and Mesut Ozil.” (Sky Sports)
Mesut Ozil is a very talented young player who has come on leaps and bounds since moving from Schalke to Werder Bremen a move that has helped him secure a regular spot in the German national team set up.
The 21 year old attacking midfielder has a good footballing brain and shows maturity beyond his years whilst on Bundesliga duty. He has been integral to Klaus Allofs’ sides great start to the season that has seen them greatly improve on last terms tenth place finish and they find themselves in second spot just three points behind unbeaten Bayer Leverkusen.
Much like recent speculation linking Wenger with a move for fellow Bundesliga playmaker. Wolfsburg’s Zvjezdan Misimovic, the move for Ozil is reportedly just in case Cesc Fabregas is whisked away from the Emirates, something I find very hard to believe will happen.
Mesut Ozil is likely to see his future as lying further up the footballing chain than Werder Bremen and a number of other members of the footballing elite are monitoring the youngster’s progress and he would indeed be a useful signing and perhaps could be an option even if as expected Fabregas goes nowhere.