It has been reported that Mesut Ozil has refused to sign a contract extension and might be leaving this summer for Barcelona. The former Real Madrid star, has rejected a new contract and it is assumed that Barcelona are keen to land the player.
Ozil signed for Arsenal in 2013 at a fee of £42.5 million and even though the Catalans have shown interest in signing him, Real Madrid has first preference as a buy-back clause.
Arsenal are set to offer Ozil a deal worth £180,000-a-week, making him the highest earning player in the team. He currently earns £130,000-a-week along with Alexis Sanchez and hasn’t hinted at any signs of being unhappy at the club.
In fact, the player has been enjoying his time and is having the best season of his career so far with 16 assists, most in the Premier League.
Ozil’s current contract runs until 2018, and since Ozil has reportedly refused to sign a contract extension, clubs like Real Madrid and Barcelona and looking eager to take advantage of the situation.
However, an Arsenal insider has revealed that the club hasn’t held any official talks with the Germany international as yet, and the club is confident an agreement can be reached.
Arsenal has previously lost its players to Barcelona, including Thierry Henry, Fabregas, Hleb and Alex Song. They also lost Van Persie to Manchester United. Although, the trend has changed with players not so eager to leave Arsenal anymore and hopefully same is the case with Mesut Ozil.
Gunners are reported to soon be offering Alexis Sanchez a similar contract and it is anticipated that both of these players will agree to sign contract extensions.
It also depends on Arsenal winning the league this season which will definitely be a huge boost. Their match against Leicester today is crucial and they need to win it in order to stay in the title race. A Failure to win would make Arsenal eight points behind Leicester, which would probably mean an end to their title bid.