Arsenal and Mesut Ozil are trying to find an agreement that would see the German leave the club by the end of this month.
The former Real Madrid man has no future at Arsenal. Mikel Arteta does not want to use him and an exit this month would be the best thing for all parties involved.
Turkish giants Fenerbahce are reportedly leading the race to sign Ozil. However, they can only secure his services if Arsenal rip up his current contract which lasts until the end of this season.
Fotospor claim today that Ozil is ready to leave Arsenal if the Gunners agree to pay him what he is owed. The German is even willing to give us two years time to settle the dues, but Edu has other ideas.
The Arsenal transfer chief isn’t prepared to pay Ozil anything if he wants to leave this month. Moreover, Edu has demanded that German pays back whatever he has earned from the club since the start of the season, which is a bit too ambitious.
Arsenal Insider’s view:
Edu certainly deserves credit for sticking to his guns here. Not wanting to pay what’s owed to Ozil in the future is one thing, but demanding what he has already earned this season takes things to a whole new level.
Will Ozil agree to this? Absolutely not. He is entitled to every penny he is owed and there is no way he will forget about his £9 million, let alone return whatever he received in the first half of the season.
Ozil wants Arsenal to pay him the £9 million, while the Gunners want the German to return the £9 million he has already earned.
The best negotiations always end when both parties meet in the middle. Ozil and Arsenal doing that will mean that neither the German nor the Gunners will have to pay a penny to each other.
That might just be Edu’s ploy here. The Brazilian will deserve a raise if he manages to pull this off, but it is highly unlikely.