It wouldn’t be transfer season without Mesut Ozil‘s name cropping up. In fact, it wouldn’t be a normal week in any walk of life without the German being involved in some discussion here or there.
Every month a snippet of information emerges confirming Ozil’s desire to see out his Arsenal contract, regardless of outside interest. Despite this, the Gunners have done everything in their power to get the forward off their books in some capacity, a move he’s been unwilling to make regardless of being nowhere near the first team.
Last summer Arsenal offered to pay half of his wages with any potential suitor, with similar terms to be made again in the winter.
With Fenerbahce and DC United, as well as tentative inquiries from Qatari side Al-Sadd, all circling, it still remains highly unlikely that Ozil can be swayed to leave six months in advance. The Turkish and American sides look set to be frontrunners in June when his contract runs out.
What Arsenal may hope can encourage Ozil to leave is the willingness from close friend and teammate Kolasinac to depart north London in favour of regular minutes. The Bosnian is taking a 50% wage cut in order to secure a move back to Germany, while Mustafi could be in line to do likewise. Arsenal will be keen to see whether their departures could spark a domino effect.