By Laura O’Leary
Atletico Madrid have contacted Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil about signing him on a free in the summer, according to a report.
The Sun reports that Diego Simeone’s team will try to lure Ozil to their club by offering a £200,000 a week contract and a huge signing-on fee.
The shock move would see Ozil, who played for Atletico’s bitter rivals Real Madrid, return to Spain after four years away.
The attacking midfielder made 159 appearances for Real Madrid, scoring 27 goals and registering 81 assists.
Atletico Madrid would be able to secure the German international on a free, as his contract expires in the summer, just like his teammates Alexis Sanchez and Jack Wilshere’s deals do.
The 29-year-old despite talks has yet to agree to a new contract because according to reports, his representatives are demanding a wage in the region of £300,000 per week.
The playmaker has featured nine times for the Gunners this season across all competitions, scoring one goal and grabbing two assists.
Football Insider Verdict
Ozil had a successful spell playing in La Liga for Real Madrid and would no doubt flourish at Atletico Madrid under Simeone. Ozil would be a big marquee signing for the club and excite fans, and if he hits the ground running fans would soon forget his Real Madrid days. The other reason this deal would be huge for Atletico Madrid, is due to Diego Costa being supplied with plenty of goals from Ozil’s fantastic vision. However on the flip side it would be terrible for Arsenal to see such a talent leave on a free. If a contract is not agreed by January, they really need to attempt to sell player to at least get some money back.
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