Agents Set For Talks
Representatives of Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil will travel to the United States to try and persuade MLS side DC United to sign the 30-year-old.
Ozil has been linked with a move away from the Emirates this summer. But there has been no interest since Inter Milan proposed a loan deal in last January’s transfer window.
Arsenal are trying to get Ozil’s £350,000-a-week wages off the payroll following a summer in which they had a net spend of over £100 million.
According to the Daily Express, Ozil”s representatives will fly to Washington this week for talks with DC United. No interest has been shown by the MLS side but the Express claims Ozil’s people will try and persuade the club to take a chance on the former Germany international.
Last week DC agreed that Wayne Rooney could move to Derby County for nothing after the MLS season concludes in the autumn. The side currently lie in third place in the Eastern Conference – one spot higher than the fourth place they achieved last season. But DC are looking to get Rooney’s £56,000-a-week wages off the payroll while recruiting a replacement for the former England international.
Ozil’s move looks doomed to failure simply because of the size of his pay packet. His wages at Arsenal are three times higher than those of MLS’s highest-paid player, Zlatan Ibrahimovic who earns £115,000 a week with LA Galaxy.
Ozil will have to take a massive pay cut to force through a move to DC. If that’s on his mind he would be better off moving to a European club where there is a chance he would earn far more than in America.