Mesut Ozil ‘open to MLS move in the summer with LA Galaxy and David Beckham’s Inter Miami linked with Arsenal star… but German is determined to see out rest of contract at Emirates Stadium’
- Mesut Ozil will enter the final six months of his contract at Arsenal in January
- The 32-year-old remains the club’s highest earner on £350,000 per week
- But reports now claim he is open to moving to the United States in the summer
- MLS side D.C. United and Turkish side Fenerbahce are also interested parties
Mesut Ozil is interested in moving to the MLS in the summer once his contract at Arsenal comes to an end, according to reports.
The German will be free to negotiate with foreign clubs in January when he enters the final six months of his £350,000-per-week deal, which currently makes him the highest earner at the north London outfit.
And according to ESPN, Ozil is open to moving to the United States with LA Galaxy, David Beckham’s Inter Miami and D.C United among the MLS clubs linked with moves.
Mesut Ozil is interested in moving to the MLS in the summer once his Arsenal deal ends
David Beckham’s Inter Miami are one of the sides in the United States monitoring his situation
The report adds the Gunners are willing to let the 32-year-old leave next month, but claim that the 2014 World Cup winner still harbours desires of featuring for the Gunners in the second half of the season once squads are submitted in February.
Ozil has not played for Arsenal since early March and was left out of boss Mikel Arteta’s Premier League and Europa League squads for the first half of this campaign for ‘footballing reasons’.
Recent reports have also suggested he is ’90 per cent likely’ to move to Turkish side Fenerbahce following comments from one of the club’s congress members, but the same outlet adds no decision has been made on his next move.
Ozil was left out of Mikel Arteta’s Premier League and Europa League squads in October
Arsenal have been struggling in Ozil’s absence and sit 15th in the Premier League table having scored just 10 league goals this season ahead of Sunday’s clash against Burnley.
Former Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has urged his former captain Arteta to support Ozil and his artistry and remained adamant that the Gunners outcast is not a difficult character to manage.
Speaking to ESPN’s Caught Offside podcast, Wenger, 71, said: ‘He was not difficult to manage. He was a guy who had a special quality as a creative player and needed to have fun.
The German however remains the Gunners’ highest-paid player on £350,000 per week
‘He is an artist and these guys are a bit more sensitive. They need support and an environment that pushes them to give their best.
‘You have two ways to see a football team. You get everybody to do the same – the same intensity of work, the same defensive work – or you find a compromise.
‘You have a more creative player in the team who can do less defensive work but you build a team around him who can compensate for these deficiencies. That is what you have to think about.’
Reports have also claimed the 2014 World Cup winner is close to a move to Fenerbahce
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