Mesut Ozil reportedly has a brand new suitor interested in him and this time it’s from the La Liga, with Diego Simeone looking to lure him to the Wanda Metropolitano.
The 29-year-old has been a major star in the contract drama that has unfolded at Arsenal, right alongside the prolific Alexis Sanchez. The Gunners are desperate to sell both the Chilean and Mesut Ozil before they become free agents in the summer so that they can bring in the funds for replacements.
Both the Arsenal stars have outright refused any new contract extension that been put in front of them by the club, and are demanding salaries in excess of £300,000-a-week deals. However, despite Arsene Wenger’s defiant stance, the Frenchman would rather sell both Ozil and Sanchez in January, rather than lose them and let close to £100 million worth of talent waltz away for free.
While Sanchez is looking for something a bit closer to Manchester City, Mesut Ozil could be persuaded with a move back to Spain, and that’s exactly what Diego Simeone is banking on. The Atletico Madrid boss is looking to take advantage of the lack of suitors for the German playmaker and bring him back to the La Liga, where he had an exceptional time with Real Madrid.
With Jose Mourinho very interested in Atletico’s 22-year-old Saul Niguez and Simeone is looking to replace him with the silky Ozil, who has divided opinions like no-other during his time at Arsenal. But despite that Mourinho is still interested in signing either the German playmaker or Saul Niguez, with the likely target Niguez who’s younger and could potentially do more defensively for the club.
Most passes completed in the final third this season in Europe's top 5 leagues:
M. Özil (125)
D. Silva (109)
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While the German playmaker has managed to score 33 goals and produce a further 59 assists since his move from Real Madrid, he has come under incredible stick for his defensive abilities among others. Both critics and fans alike have been very critical of Ozil for his body language and the amount of effort he does put in defending, which may not suit Jose Mourinho’s defensive style of play.
For Arsenal, if Mesut Ozil leaves which looks more and more likely as the days go by, replacing his exciting cocktail of technical ability, vision and creativity will be beyond difficult. Especially in this day and age where players are being sold 100s and millions of euros, but for Atletico Madrid and Diego Simeone, bringing in Mesut Ozil for free is a bargain.