Arsenal planning to sell €20m-rated attacker during the summer

Mesut Ozil is determined to see out the final year of his deal at Emirates, but the club’s crucial decision-makers are determined to find a buyer for their highest earner. The 31-year-old playmaker signed a lucrative £350,000-a-week deal in winter 2018 when he had only six months remaining on his previous deal.

Former chief executive Ivan Gazidis sanctioned that decision, one which has proved problematic for his successor Raul Sanllehi, as well as the two managers who followed Arsene Wenger. Mesut never saw eye-to-eye with Unai Emery and was exiled for significant periods of his tenure.

Ozil immediately won his place back in the side following the appointment of his former team-mate Mikel Arteta and had started the last 10 Premier League matches, before he was a shock omission from the 20-man squad selected to face Man City in midweek.

Relations between the former Germany international and the Spanish manager have not been adversely impacted by that decision, while the former Real Madrid playmaker has no intention of ending his six-year association with the Gunners this summer.

Given Gunners precarious financial position, they are already struggling to agree on new deals for the likes of David Luiz, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Bukayo Saka Ozil’s astronomical salary is proving to be a huge burden.

The German attacker’s salary is ‘incompatible’ with the cuts that are being made elsewhere within the club, but finding a buyer capable of coming up with an attractive financial package remains remote. When asked how the World Cup winner reacted to being omitted, Mikel replied: ‘He was very well with me. There were no issues at all.’