Juventus are the latest team reportedly interested in signing Mesut Ozil on a free transfer, and could offer the midfielder a pre-contract deal this month as a result.
Ozil has yet to sign a contract extension at the club and will be available on a free transfer in the summer. According to Corriere dello Sport, that could give Juventus the opportunity to sign a player they’ve been tracking for three years.
The German international has reportedly been out their price range the whole time, but they could now go all out to sign him. Ozil can speak with clubs outside the Premier League as he has six months remaining on his contract.
He’s been in fine in recent months and would be a huge loss. Talk of the ex-Real Madrid playmaker leaving this month has quietened, while rumours about him extending his stay at the Emirates have grown louder.
Still, he has a few offers to consider. Barcelona were interested, but could well avoid Ozil now they’ve signed Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool. That leaves Manchester United, who have been linked for months, and now Juventus.
Ozil has four goals and five assists in 18 Premier League games this season. If he’s leaving Arsenal this month or in the summer, at least he’s playing well for the club’s sake.
Arsene Wenger has long supported the 29-year-old, while talking up the chances of him staying, so his exit would be a bitter pill to swallow.