Mesut Ozil is reportedly ‘very, very close’ to agreeing a new deal with Arsenal.
The rumours that Ozil is in fact staying at Arsenal have begun to gather pace.
The latest is from the Sun, who claim to have spoken to ‘Emirates insiders’. Allegedly, the playmaker is ‘very, very close’ to agreeing a new deal. However, if he hasn’t put pen to paper by January, the Gunners will look at cashing in.
Although the Sun obviously isn’t the most reliable when it comes to Arsenal gossip – or any gossip for that matter – they’re not the only source now claiming that the German could finally have decided to sign an extension with Arsenal less than a month after his agent, Dr. Erkut Sogut, actually insinuated as much.
Regardless, Ozil is still 7/1 to join Manchester United with William Hill Sports Betting. Apparently, the 29-year-old wants to reunite with Jose Mourinho. However, he’s also been linked with a move to former rivals Barcelona.
If the midfielder doesn’t sign an extension, the Gunners could reportedly get between £15m and £20m for him. Although that’s under half of the £42.5m they paid Real Madrid back in 2013, with just six months left on his contract, it’ll either be that or nothing.
If Arsenal do manage to convince Ozil to stay, which he claimed to want to do back in July, it’ll be a massive result. Although Gooners aren’t too bothered about losing Alexis Sanchez, seeing the German playmaker leave would be a massive disappointment, especially given the form he’s currently in.
Ozil’s scored three Premier League goals so far this season and assisted five. These have all come during over the course of six games following the 5-2 away win against Everton in October.
Against Huddersfield, not only did he assist twice but he also scored – all in the space of just under four minutes.
Before that, he was phenomenal against Tottenham in the North London Derby, which the Gunners won 2-0. This is despite the midfielder constantly being accused of not ‘turning up’ for ‘big games’.
The fans love him and, for a time, it seemed as if Ozil really loved them too. He talked up London and claimed he wanted to stay. However, when the new season started, the tide changed and the media insisted that he was leaving.
Although I’m not sure what changed to stop him from penning the contract he’s now rumoured to have signed earlier in the campaign, hopefully the reports are true and he’s definitely staying after all.
If he signs an extension before January, it’ll be the best Christmas present Gooners have had for a while.