Arsenal transfer rumour: Real Madrid and Bayern Munich eye Mesut Ozil swoop
Two of the biggest clubs in Europe, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are considering making bids for Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil in the next season's summer transfer window. Arsenal are, however, set to offer a new improved contract for the playmaker
According to the Sunday Express, La Liga giants Real Madrid and Bundesliga holders, Bayern Munich are keeping tabs on Ozil's current contractual situation. Reportedly, Arsenal have to accept the German playmaker's wage demands if they want to keep hold of him.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is currently holding talks with the player over a new deal. Ozil is believed to demand a pay of £250,000 per week to stay at the Emirates stadium. Both Real and Bayern have the resources to sign Ozil and are willing to offer him a deal closer to his demands. If Arsenal fail to tie him to a new contract, the two clubs are all set to grab the opportunity with both hands.
The Arsenal number 11 joined the Gunners from Real Madrid in 2013 with Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo openly criticizing his own club for allowing Ozil to leave. Since then, he has had a huge impact on the London side and is one of the first names on Wenger's team sheet.
The midfield maestro assisted 17 times in his debut La Liga season in 2010-11 and again in the 2011-12 season. However, he was sold to accommodate Gareth Bale in the Los Blancos line-up.
He arrived in England for a fee of £42.5m after signing a five-year deal. The assist master took some time to settle in England but after two mediocre seasons, he showed his true abilities. Last season he was one of the top performers for his side as Arsenal finished second in the Premier League.
The German's current deal sees him earning a whopping £160,000-a-week. Wenger is confident of keeping the player at the club but is also someone who is extremely careful when it comes to altering the wage structure within the club. However, many would agree that Ozil is one of the players who deserve a substantial pay rise.
Arsenal would look to keep hold of the left-footed attacking midfielder as they also look to tie down Santi Cazorla, Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez, Laurent Koscielny, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere with new improved deals.