Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is in talks with MLS team DC United and could be on the verge of leaving the club after being frozen out by Mikel Arteta.
The German player has not featured for Arsenal since March when the Premier League campaign was halted due to the pandemic, with the club’s hierarchy keen to get him off the books.
Although Arteta has left the door open for Ozil to be brought back into the team this month – but Arsenal would still prefer to sell the playmaker as soon as possible.
The 32-year-old currently earns £350,000-a-week – which works out at around £9 million until the end of his contract – and has always said that he intends to see out his deal until the summer.
According to Football.London, Arsenal have been given a ray of hope that Ozil could leave after he began talks with DC United over a lucrative package.
In addition to a huge salary, the MLS side have also offered to expand his M10 brand in the United States.
DC United’s offer for the player also includes the introduction of Ozil’s 39 Steps Coffee brand at their Audi Field stadium as well as other opportunities.
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The Washington-based franchise have lacked a poster boy for the club since Wayne Rooney left the club and intend to make Ozil the ‘face’ of the team going forward, with the player now free to talk to foreign clubs about a move as he is in the final six months of his contract.
Arteta was recently asked if Ozil could return to the team this month, saying: ‘We will see what happens in the transfer window and we will assess at the end of that.’
Arsenal are believed to be in the market for a new playmaker in the January transfer window – with Norwich’s Emi Buendia and Dortmund’s Julian Brandt on their shortlist – but could be forced into a U-turn over Ozil if they fail to sign any.