Mesut Ozil’s representative has ruled out the possibility of the playmaker moving on from Arsenal this summer but admits there is a ’90 per cent’ chance he will leave when his deal expires in 2021.
The 31-year-old playmaker, the club’s top earner on £350,000-a-week, has failed to make a single senior team appearance since the season’s restart and doesn’t appear to be in Mikel Arteta’s plans for the future.
The Gunners are desperate to remove Ozil from the wage bill but he has no intention of making a swift exit and has informed close friends that he wants to see out the remaining year of his deal in north London.
This would see Mesut leave the Gunners on a free transfer and his agent, Erkut Sogut, believes this is the most likely scenario in what has become an embarrassing situation for Arsenal.
‘I do not think there will be a change in the case of Mesut Ozil until the summer of 2021,’ Sogut told Turkish outlet Fanatik. ‘He has a contract. There is no change. He will remain with Arsenal.’
Sogut can envisage Mesut plying his trade in Turkey or even playing MLS football down the line. Erkut continued: ‘There’s a 90 per cent chance he will leave Arsenal in 2021. ‘Mesut to Asia, America or Turkey? Yes, maybe.’
The Gunners have cited back soreness as a reason for the star’s absence in recent weeks and the midfielder isn’t expected to feature in this weekend’s FA Cup final clash with Chelsea.
However, the former Real Madrid man has been pictured in training with the rest of the team at London Colney this week.
Borussia Dortmund are considering signing Arsenal attacking target Memphis Depay this summer to replace the England international Jadon Sancho, reports in Germany state.
Sancho is widely expected to sign for Manchester United in the transfer window, although the two sides are some way apart on a fee as it stands.
However, BVB management are preparing a contingency plan for his exit.
And they are eyeing an ex-Manchester United winger and Arsenal-linked Dutchman to replace him, according to Bild.
Memphis failed to make the grade at the 20-times English champions but has impressed with Les Gones.
However, he is thought to be interested in moving on this summer after they failed to qualify for Europe. He would cost around £40 million for the Gunners and Die Borussen to sign him.
at the beginning of July, Le10 Sport reported that Arteta has sounded the winger out as a possible new Arsenal recruit
He is among a list of targets should the Gunners lose either Alexandre Lacazette or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The former PSV ace’s “technical qualities” and his “personality” have allegedly peaked the Spanish boss’ interest.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has 12 months left on his contract and has received interest from Paris Saint-Germain, Inter Milan and Barcelona.
Meanwhile, the reports state Alexandre Lacazette “has desires elsewhere”, with Atletico Madrid interested.
In any case, the Gunners are yet to register firm interest in Depay. Their priority is to try to solve the uncertainties about the aforementioned duo.
Arsenal have dealt a blow in their pursuit of Dayot Upamecano with reports stating the Frenchman has agreed to renew his contract at RB Leipzig.
The 21-year-old’s deal was set to expire in June 2021 which meant Dayot could have been available for a cut-price fee this summer.
However, a report from Sportbuzzer in Germany claims the centre-back has agreed an extension at the Bundesliga outfit.
His situation has been followed by a number of elite European clubs, with Manchester United, AC Milan and Bayern Munich all having been linked with the defender.
But now it appears he’ll be remaining with Julian Nagelsmann’s side at the Red Bull Arena for the foreseeable future.
However, while Die Roten Bullen have ensured they will not lose him for free by getting him to sign a new deal, the report add that a £53 million release clause has been included in the deal.
That could give some hope to potential buyers regarding their chance of still signing Upamecano, although finances are expected to be tight at Arsenal this summer.
Leipzig senior fgure Oliver Mintzlaff publicly offered Upamecano an ultimatum of signing a fresh deal or leaving, and it appears the France youth international has chosen the former.
Oliver told BILD in June: ‘Upa is an extremely important player for us and one of the most sought after talents in this position in Europe.
‘One thing we know is that we have a very clear understanding with him and his adviser, that we will not let him go free. We cannot afford that as a club.
‘So there are two options: extend or change. I am absolutely certain that we will know relatively quickly which direction we are going.’