As per Matt Law of the Telegraph, intermediaries have begun searching for clubs interested in the signature of Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil.
Ozil the enigma
Ozil, who splits opinion among both fans and pundits alike due to his languid style on the pitch, has been plying his trade at the Emirates stadium since 2013, when he made the move from Real Madrid for 50 million Euro.
Despite registering impressive assist numbers for the club over the last 5 seasons, though, the German has found it difficult to rediscover the consistent brilliance that saw him widely-regarded as one of the world’s finest attacking midfielders whilst in the Spanish capital, with wonderful showings all too often followed by anonymous outings from the Schalke youth product in North London.
The Emery effect
As such, Ozil has been persistently-linked with a potential Arsenal departure over recent seasons.
And the arrival of Unai Emery as Arsene Wenger’s replacement at the helm at the Emirates last summer has since only resulted in speculation surrounding the German’s future moving up a notch.
To this point in the campaign, Ozil has started in exactly half of Arsenal’s Premier League outings.
This comes despite the 30-year-old having put pen to paper on a new deal worth a whopping £350,000-per-week last February.
Ozil on the move?
And, as per the aforementioned report from Matt Law this evening, Ozil’s recent struggles for game-time have seen intermediaries begin the ‘sounding out’ process, in the hopes of finding the experienced German a new club this summer.
The ‘middle men’ in question are not thought to be working on behalf of Arsenal, though the Gunners are seen as ‘likely to listen if a proposal is put to them.’
The intermediaries in question, meanwhile, have strong links to both Italy and China.
As things stand, however, Ozil’s massive wage demands could prove a potential sticking point in any deal.