- Mesut Ozil’s Arsenal contract will expire at the end of the season
- Barcelona are reportedly in talks over a January move
- Report claims they’ll pay £20m to sign him, six other teams interested
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It seems as though it’s only a matter of time before Arsenal bid farewell to Mesut Ozil as speculation continues to link him with an exit.
The 29-year-old’s contract with the Gunners expires at the end of the season, and as of yet, there has been no public indication to suggest that he will pen a new deal any time soon.
In turn, rather than lose him for nothing next summer, Arsenal would surely be well-advised to cash in during the January transfer window to at least raise some funds to sign a replacement.
According to Mundo Deportivo, that’s what they could be planning as it’s claimed that Ozil’s representative, Dr Erkut Sogut, is in negotiations with Barcelona over a contract for his client.
Further, it’s suggested that not only are six other clubs interested in the German international, but Arsene Wenger has given his approval for talks to continue, which would lead us to believe that the chances of Ozil leaving north London are growing.
It will be a huge disappointment for most Arsenal supporters to see him leave, as although he has split opinion at times as he’s lacked consistency to be a leading figure at the club as well as going missing in big games too often, he’s undoubtedly one of their most talented players.
However, perhaps his exit will allow Wenger to start freshening things up and rebuilding his squad to ensure that they can compete for trophies in the more immediate future, with The Sun reporting that they could receive a £20m fee for him in January.
As for Ozil himself, it seems like a sensible move for his career as not only will he seamlessly fit into life at Barcelona given his technical quality and creative ability, but it will give him a significant chance of winning silverware in the next few years, with major trophies missing from his stint with Arsenal.