After the high hopes comes the fall and in Mesut Özil’s case, the landing has been quite painful. The Arsenal midfielder expected to leave the Emirates next summer but interest in signing the 28-year-old never materialised as concrete offers.
Now, according to the Independent, his agent Dr Erkut Sogut has suggested that a new deal at Arsenal is on the cards.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is a self-confessed admirer of the German international but also became frustrated with his languid style when the pair were at Real Madrid.
More than once, the Portuguese publicly criticised Özil for his performances and regularly substituted him in the latter stages of a match. However, that did stop speculation that Mourinho had sanctioned the United hierarchy to explore the possibility of a deal.
The biggest stumbling block is wages. Arsenal had already offered the German a deal worth £250,000 per week. Sensing that the player was in a strong bargaining position with Alexis Sanchez, 28, also looking to leave the club on a free transfer next summer, his agent demanded £300,000 per week and talks broke down.
Resuming them recently was seen as a tacit admission on Özil’s part that he had priced himself out of a move to one of Europe’s bigger clubs. Now, the only name mentioned as a suitor is Besiktas. While Özil is keen to play in Turkey, Sogut declared that his client wants to stay in England for another “three or four years”.
With a lack of interest elsewhere, Arsenal looks like being his best option.