Arsenal to re-open talks with Mesut Ozil over ripping up his £350,000-per-week contract before the January transfer window but German is holding out for almost all his remaining £13m
- Arsenal will re-open talks with Mesut Ozil about terminating his contract early
- The Gunners want rid of the German midfielder, who earns £350,000-per-week
- Arsenal approached Ozil over the past fortnight but attempts were unsuccessful
- The 31-year-old is said to want virtually all the remaining £13m on his deal paid
Arsenal are to re-open talks with Mesut Ozil ahead of the January transfer window over ending his £350,000-per-week contract early.
The Gunners, it is understood, approached Ozil about reaching a settlement agreement for the final nine months of his contract over the past fortnight but the attempts proved unsuccessful.
Ozil is said to want virtually all the remaining £13million on his deal.
Arsenal will re-open talks with Mesut Ozil over ending his £350,000-per-week deal early
Arsenal approached Ozil over the past fortnight but talks over a settlement were unsuccessful
Ozil is currently frozen out of manager Mikel Arteta’s plans and is yet to play this season
It is now hugely unlikely that Ozil will agree to an early exit from Arsenal before the transfer re-opens in January.
Being without a club during the current period poses obvious problems for players with regards to training.
But the Gunners are ready to make another offer to the World Cup winner with a view to removing him from their wage bill in January.
The prospect of Ozil playing much first-team football before then look remote.
UEFA have already confirmed the German’s omission from Arsenal’s Europa League squad while Ozil is expected to be left out of the club’s 25-man Premier League party.
The German midfielder is said to want virtually all the remaining £13m on his deal to be paid
Ozil has offered to pay the salary of the man inside the Gunnersaurus costume this week
It comes just days after Ozil offered to dip into his own pocket to keep the man inside their Gunnersaurus mascot costume in a job while he remains at the club.
Jerry Quy, who has filled the role for 27 years alongside a series of other jobs around the club, lost his job as part of Arsenal’s recent Covid-19-related cost-cutting drive.
His position, which he has carried out since Gunnersaurus was introduced in 1993, was deemed no longer essential with games currently being played behind closed doors..
But Ozil vowed to cover his wages, tweeting: ‘I was so sad that Jerry Quy aka our famous and loyal mascot and integral part of our club was made redundant after 27 years.
‘As such, I’m offering to reimburse Arsenal with the full salary of our big green guy as long as I will be an Arsenal player so Jerry can continue his job that he loves so much.’