Arsenal transfer news: Ozil agrees deal, Wenger urged to sign Man United contract rebel and more - 23rd November 2017
Mesut Ozil agrees to a three-year deal with Barcelona
The World Cup winner's contract is set to expire in the summer and as per several reports in recent months, he is looking to leave the club. Hence, Arsenal do not want to lose the star midfielder on a free and are looking to sell him in January albeit for a lower price.
A player of Ozil's quality will not be short of suitors with Manchester United reportedly ahead of the rest. Jose Mourinho worked with the 29-year old before at Real Madrid and was rumoured to be interested in working with him again. However, if Catalan Radio is to be believed, the English giants are set for a disappointment.
The source states that the German has already agreed to a move to Barcelona in January with his representatives receiving a three-year deal from the Spanish club. Further, the Blaugrana are willing to pay the Gunners around €20 million in January to close the deal.
For Arsenal and Arsene Wenger, this could represent the best scenario as Ozil joins a foreign club instead of a domestic rival such as Manchester United. Further, the Gunners can recoup some money instead of letting the player go on a free in the summer and it can be utilized for signing a top-quality replacement.
Danny Mills urges Wenger to sign Marouane Fellaini
The former Leeds and England right-back believes the Gunners will do well to snatch the wantaway Belgian from Manchester United. Fellaini was signed by the Red Devils from Everton for £27.5 million in 2013 and was initially under severe criticism on how he does not fit into the club ethos.
The arrival of Mourinho changed things as the 30-year old became an invaluable option from the bench as a plan B. The Portuguese always emphasises on the importance of Fellaini yet, the midfielder reportedly refused a contract extension in the summer. This implies the player is available on a free in the summer and Mills urges Arsenal to sign him. The BBC pundit said:
"Why would you get rid of him? If you could keep him, why would you allow one of your rivals to take him and make them stronger? He does a job. He does what John Obi Mikel did for many years at Chelsea. Keep him and bring somebody else in as well. That would be the ideal scenario."
"It is not like 'if we keep him, we haven't got any money left because we've got to pay him some wages'. You keep him, allow him to do his job. Fill in when necessary, be a squad player, do all those things. He's scored some important goals because he is a threat. Arsenal would love him, without a shadow of a doubt. Just to sit in front of the back four, win a few headers."
Mills definitely makes a few valid points and now it is up to Wenger whether he wants to bring Fellaini to the Emirates.
Gunners face competition for Cenk Tosun
The Besiktas striker has been in fine form this season with 10 goals in 17 appearances so far. Tosun played a vital role in the Turkish club's qualification from the Champions League group stages with 4 goals in 5 games.
No wonder, he has attracted interest from European clubs with Milliyet Skorer journalist Serdar Saridag reporting Arsenal, Juventus and Newcastle as the interested parties. The 26-year old reportedly aspires to play for Atletico Madrid but any of the mentioned clubs provide a great platform to grow further for sure.
However, Besiktas is expected to put up a fight for the player with a fee of around €20 million required to convince the club, as per Saridag. While Tosun has definitely shone in this season's Champions League, Arsenal could exert caution and monitor the player further before approaching for a transfer.