Arsenal have made a final contract offer to try and keep Mesut Özil at the club ahead of the transfer window opening in January, Arsene Wenger has confirmed.
The Daily Mail write that the Gunners have offered the 29-year-old £300,000-per-week to stay at the Emirates. It’s still unclear if Ozil will sign at this stage, but Barcelona and Manchester United are watching on if he doesn’t.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger confirmed negotiations have been ongoing for the German international for some time, with his current deal expiring at the end of the season.
New contract for Ozil? "Negotiations as always are going on with everybody. Our door is always open. For the rest, I can't tell you much more." #AFC
— Mark Mann-Bryans (@MarkyMBryans) December 12, 2017
With foreign clubs able to make a pre-contract offer for the former Real Madrid playmaker in January, Barcelona could lead the chase for his signature. Manchester United would have to lodge a transfer bid next month, or wait until the summer when his contract expires.
Ozil has been in good form for Arsenal in the last few weeks, scoring and creating four goals in as many games. It would be a big loss to lose a player of his quality, so hopefully the Gunners can agree terms with the midfielder.
Losing him to a Premier League title rival like Manchester United would be painful, so it’s valiant that Arsenal are trying one last bid to retain his services past this campaign.