Mesut Özil is set to be sold this January as Arsenal look to cash in on his ever-decreasing transfer value.
The Daily Mirror reports that the club offered the 28-year-old a new deal worth £275k per week, making him by far and away the highest-earner in the club’s history. However, the German international is demanding £350k per week and the two sides are not planning any new negotiations to bridge the gap.
Arsenal’s recent form bring into question Özil’s value to the team. Six wins out of seven with a point taken in the London derby at Stamford Bridge reinforced the view that the German is a luxury player.
Martin Keown recently suggested that Arsène Wenger “no longer trusts” Özil and the French manager is keen to move the German international out of the Emirates for a fee.
Inter Milan are keen to make a move for Özil and a January bid can’t be ruled out. Any deal is expected to be worth £20m in the winter window.
For Wenger, it works well. Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is a keen admirer of the German but such is the animosity between the two managers, Arsenal will move heaven and earth to stop Özil moving to the north west.