Midfielder’s Days Are Numbered
Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil isn’t interested in a loan move away from the Emirates this summer.
The Gunners are looking to cut their wage bill in order to bring in new players and the £350,000 a week paid to Ozil – as well as the £300,000 a week Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang earns is proving to be a problem. Aubameyang is very much part of coach Unai Emery’s plans. However, Ozil has fallen down the pecking order at the Emirates.
Ozil has missed most of Arsenal’s games this season either through injury or because he has been left out of the side by Emery. He remained in London for Thursday’s Europa League Round Of 32 tie with BATE Borisov in Belarus.
Arsenal are open to a deal that would involve Ozil going out on loan next season while still paying a chunk of his wages. However, the former Germany international is interested in a permanent deal rather than a loan.
The 30-year-old was touted to a number of top European clubs earlier this season. Juventus ruled out a move as long ago as last November while Inter Milan were only interested in a loan until the end of the season.
Paris Saint-Germain were also interested in the January transfer window, but once again it would have been a loan deal.
Sources at the Emirates claim that Emery doesn’t want to be sucked into a power struggle with an individual player. His final season at PSG was blighted by a tussle with Brazilian superstar Neymar and he is anxious to assert his authority at Arsenal.