Arsenal Transfer News: Ozil, Wilshere

Ozil Set To Stay With Arsenal?

Mesut Ozil Arsenal transfer news
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Talks over a new deal for Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil are continuing amidst reports of interest from one of Turkey’s top clubs.

Ozil is out of contract at the end of the season and has been linked with both Manchester United and Fenerbahce. But reports from Turkey claim that Besiktas have also registered an interest in the Germany international but that he plans on staying with the Premier League.

Besiktas have approached Ozil over a possible move to the Turkish champions at the end of the season. His response was to suggest that there was no chance of any deal being done.

“I thank you for your proposal, but I am very happy in the Premier League, I am planning to continue my career here,” he is reported to have told them.

However, Besiktas president Fikret Orman is refusing to take no for an answer and has told Ozil: “Think again. We will be back in January.”

The 28-year-old Ozil is free to speak to overseas clubs from 1 January about a Bosman free transfer. However, while his agent Dr Erkut Söğüt confirmed Beşiktaş’s interest he added that there are no plans to leave England and that Ozil could even remain with Arsenal.

“Mesut is satisfied with the interest of Besiktas, but no proposal has reached us,” the agent told Fanatik.

“He wants to play in the Premier League for at least two or three more years. Our contacts with Arsenal continue and we are moving in a positive direction.”

Wilshere In Arsenal Exit Link

One player who could be on his way out of Arsenal in January is Jack Wilshere. The midfielder has been restricted to appearances in the Carabao Cup and the Europa League this season as he continues to try and play his way back into the Arsenal side. However, Wilshere is also out of contract next summer and he could quit the Emirates in January as he tries to claim a place in Gareth Southgate’s England World Cup squad.

According to The Times, no fewer than 22 clubs were interested in Wilshere when he considered quitting the Emirates in 2016. The feeling is that he could command the same level of interest this time around. Serie A side Sampdoria saw a bid worth a maximum of £7.5million rejected by Arsenal during the summer.

West Ham United and Crystal Palace are being linked.