One of the longest running contract extension sagas looks to be nearing an end as reports suggest that Arsenal superstar Mesut Ozil is finally closing in on a long-term extension with the London club.
Talks began last season between Ozil and the club but a halt to proceedings was called so that the player could focus on the end of season push for Premier League glory. The European Championships during the summer further scuppered the club’s chances of nailing down the 28-year-old before the news season began and now, over two months in, the midfielder’s future remains uncertain.
With the league in full swing, it has become clear that Ozil has gone from goal assist king to goal scoring king. In the form of his life, the Germany international has given the Arsenal board much to consider regarding his worth to the club.
Currently earning in the region of £140,000 per week, the German is, according to the Mirror, seeking an additional £60,000 per week in any new contract extension. Based on the seven goals in 17 appearances so far this season, it would appear that in order to keep their star in London, Arsenal will have to break the bank and pay him a reported £200,000 per week.
Having joined from Real Madrid back in 2013 for a club record fee of £42.5 million, expectation has always been high among fans. While it took a some time for him to settle in the league, Ozil has gone from strength to strength at the Emirates Stadium and is now regarded as one of the world’s best attacking midfielders.
Fans will now be hoping that a deal is close at last. Should things continue to drag, top clubs from across Europe will be monitoring the situation, ready to pounce should Arsenal slip up.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena
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