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From Spain: Arsenal receive £18m offer for Ozil, could use money to buy £14m star

By on January 15, 2019

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According to reports in Spain via the Daily Star, Arsenal have received a paltry £17.8m offer for Mesut Ozil from Atletico Madrid but could use the money to finally buy Denis Suarez.

Ozil’s future at the club is in serious doubt as he’s fallen out of favour with Unai Emery and has barely played since the end of November when he was axed from the squad ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Bournemouth.

The 30-year-old has spent time on the sidelines with mystery injuries over the past couple of months and was once again left out of the entire squad for the defeat at West Ham on Saturday with the boss saying it was due to ‘tactical reasons’.

It’s pretty clear Emery just doesn’t see Ozil as a key part of his starting eleven anymore so it’s no surprise that the Daily Star claim he’s keen to sell the German and get his £350,000-a-week wages off the books.

There aren’t many clubs who can afford that kind of money but the newspaper cites a report from Spanish outlet El Gol Digital that claims Atletico Madrid have still lodged a cheeky £17.8m bid to sign Ozil.

Obviously the La Liga side have low-balled us with the offer to compensate for the huge wages they’d have to pay Ozil but even though Arsenal are notoriously bad at negotiating decent prices for their players, I’d still be shocked if we agreed to sell for that price.

However, the Daily Star says Arsenal may be tempted to cash-in as selling Ozil would free-up funds to sign Denis Suarez from Barcelona with the Catalans ready to do a deal at £14.2m

Emery admitted last week he has no money available to buy players this month and Barca are refusing to let Suarez leave on a simple six-month loan deal so we could sell Ozil on the cheap in order to get our hands on Suarez.

As tempting as it may be for Arsenal bosses to cut their losses with Ozil and get his huge wages off the balance sheet, I still think it would be insane to sell arguably the best No.10 on the planet for a measly £17.8m in today’s market.

It would be one of the worst deals in history as Ozil has the ability of a £100m footballer. We paid over £40m for him and the market has gone crazy in recent years so it would be mental to sell the playmaker for less than Bournemouth paid for Dominic Solanke!

However, the situation needs to be resolved one way or the other as we can’t continue to have Ozil sitting on the sidelines while taking home £350,000-a-week.

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4 Comments

  1. Dan Burcea

    January 15, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    Arsenal must to do everything possible for Denis Suarez transfer, because is to much love between Emery and Barcelona midfielder!

  2. Grimlar

    January 15, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    Ozil would be worth 100 million plus his 350k salary if he played well every game. But he doesnt. Arsenal cannot afford someone who is only brilliant occasionally. It doesnt matter if its his fault, the players around him, the tactics or the relationship with the manager. Whatever the problem is, it isnt currently happening for him at Arsenal. Given his current circumstances I would say that moving to Atletico would be a smart move on his part.

    For Arsenal, maybe £18 million is a bit low, but that is balanced out by the £18 million a year they would save on the wage bill.

    So, Ozil and Elneny out – Suarez and Carrasco in?
    Might be good for all four if it happened and still leave Arsenal better off financially.

    The real concern are the rumours about Mislintat leaving.

    • chris

      January 15, 2019 at 3:55 pm

      Correct – except that Ozil may prefer to stay at Arsenal for his weekly wage packet.

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