By Abigail Withey
Arsenal have made a “huge breakthrough” in contract negotiations with playmaker Mesut Ozil, according to a recent report.
The Sun has revealed that the 28-year-old has indicated to the club that he is ready to agree terms for a stunning £225,000-a-week wage deal.
The newspaper revealed on their website that the north London club have been eager to renew both Ozil and team mate Alexis Sanchez’ contracts and are close to finalising one of those.
It is understood that the German international’s representatives have been hunting for a European club move for the attacking midfielder this summer, but his agents have been unsuccessful because of the large wage price tag.
While Ozil appears close to securing a new deal, the 28-year-old looks unlikely to feature in the club’s Premier League opener against Leicester on Friday as the manager has confirmed on their official website that he suffered a knock to his ankle leaving him out of training earlier in the week.
Football Insider verdict
While keeping Ozil at the Emirates is a huge boost for the club, the wage fee is just extortionate. Creating high wages like Ozil’s potential new earnings can create problems with other players questioning why they aren’t worth the funds. The 28-year-old may be a favourite among fans and team mates, but the squad showed during their Community Shield victory that they could play well without the German. The news and rumours surrounding both Ozil and Sanchez’ future with the club could become distracting as the club enter their 2017/18 campaign, and it’s imperative that the Gunners focus on securing their Champions League spot with a top four finish instead. Wenger’s new signings Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette have both slotted into the squad well and instead of worrying about the staggering wage demands of two players, the boss to look to his new arrivals to fresh hope of a title win.
In other Arsenal news, Gunners legend Thierry Henry has hailed the transfer business of one of the clubs’ rivals.