Arsenal have decided to meet with Mesut Özil and discuss a potential pay-off which would see him leave the Emirates Stadium immediately.
The 31-year-old, who is believed to be on a £350,000 a week contract, started just 22 matches this season in all competitions, contributing only one goal and three assists in those 22 appearances.
That poor tally saw him dropped entirely from the first team by both Unai Emery and Mikel Arteta, with Arsenal ready to get him off their wage bill.
Manchester United recently did a similar thing to Alexis Sánchez prior to his move to Inter. The Chilean was forking out a massive £450,000 a week from Man Utd, but wasn’t playing well.
Özil is set to recieve as much as £18m for the final year of his contract, and his representatives have made it clear that the player’s desire is to remain at the Emirates Stadium and take home all that money. However, Arsenal know paying a bench warmer that kind of amount is outrageous.
As a way of pacifying Özil, they are prepared to reach an agreement over a pay off, or subsidize his salary to help secure a move away on loan or permanently.
The main issue for Arsenal is that there are no interested suitors for Mesut Özil. Most rumours have linked Turkish teams, but Turkish sides would struggle to come close to his current salary demands and would require a heavy contribution from Arsenal.
If Mesut Özil still prefers to stay at Arsenal next season, he may take home all that money, but he may not even feature once for them.
Mikel Arteta’s preference to play a 3-4-3 formation toward the end of the season left no place for Özil on the starting line up, with Granit Xhaka and loanee Dani Ceballos forming a promising understanding in the midfield, and Özil doesn’t look likely to regain a spot.
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