Arsenal are looking to find a ‘compromise’ that will see Mesut Ozil depart the club this summer, as the Gunners seek to move on a number of fringe players in a bid to raise transfer funds.
The future of Ozil is an issue the club are keen to address as Mikel Arteta’s attempts to reshape his squad this summer, the midfielder having fallen firmly out-of-favour and deemed surplus to requirements at the Emirates.
The 31-year-old has one year remaining on his club-record £350,000-a-week deal, however, and his agent has already announced his intention to sit out the final year of his contract despite not being in Arteta’s plans for the new campaign.
According to the Mirror though, Arsenal are seeking a ‘compromise’ and are prepared to pay off the remainder of Ozil’s contract – or subsidise the German’s wages should he move on to another club this summer – as they desperately bid to free up space in their wage bill.
Ozil is one of a number of players who are being tipped with an exit from the club, with the report adding that likes of Sokratis, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Sead Kolasinac all likely departures after finding themselves on the fringes of Arteta’s squad.
Matteo Guendouzi and Ainsley Maitland-Niles are also available for transfer with the Gunners viewing the young duo as two assets which could prove valuable in their bid to raise further funds.
Arsenal‘s summer business is set to begin with the free capture of Willian from London rivals Chelsea, the Brazilian edging closer to signing a three-year deal at the club after confirming his departure from Stamford Bridge in a heartfelt letter to the club’s supporters.
The 32-year-old is set to sign on a contract worth a reported £100,000-a-week, whilst talks are also continuing over a new and improved deal for club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with an agreement expected to be reached in the coming weeks.
Arteta is also believed to want to strengthen his options at centre-back and in midfield with widespread reports of moves for Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes and Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey, though funds will need to be raised in order to complete deals for the duo.
Arsenal’s summer recruitment is set to face increased criticism following the news of 55 staff redundancies at the Emirates, as the north London side seek to cut costs amid the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.