Arsenal’s fruitless efforts to tie down Mesut Ozil will soon leave them with a dilemma: cut their losses in January and make a profit, or potentially lose him in the summer for nothing.
Arsene Wenger spoke earlier this week to confirm that talks with the playmaker were still ongoing, as it appeared likely the Gunners will make him at least one more offer.
“Negotiations are always going on with everybody,” he told a press conference ahead of the goalless draw with West Ham.
“I said that many times [that I want Sanchez and Ozil to stay] and that’s all we can say.”
Nevertheless, the Daily Mail report that the Germany international wants around £300,000, which restricts his potential suitors to only a few elite clubs who can afford those wages.
The newspaper suggest that Barcelona and Manchester United are leading the race for his signature, but if he does decide to quit the Emirates, he favours staying in the Premier League with the Red Devils over a switch to the Nou Camp.
The presence of Jose Mourinho, his former boss at Real Madrid, at Old Trafford may well be a factor as he is known to have enjoyed working under his methods.
United are looking to bolster their attack and it is evident that Mourinho isn’t enamoured with the last playmaker he signed, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who has been frequently left out of the match day squads altogether.
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