Mikel Arteta planning to sell €30m-rated attacker in summer

The London giants are yet to put a new deal offer on the table for highest-paid footballer Mesut Ozil, with his current contract due to expire in 2021. Former Germany international is one of Arsenal’s longest-serving footballers, having joined in 2013 for a £43m fee from Real Madrid.

Mesut was handed a lucrative new contract after the departure of Alexis Sanchez to Man United in 2018, but Arsenal are unsure if they want to extend his remain in Emirates. Ozil was sidelined for long periods under former manager Unai Emery but has had an upturn in game time and form under new boss Mikel Arteta.

Despite that, Arsenal’s hierarchy are unsure about offering a deal extension and could cash in this summer, or let him go on a free at the end of next campaign. The 31-year-old playmaker’s salary trumps the rest of Arsenal squad by some way, with centre-forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang the second-highest-paid footballer on £200k a week.

The German playmaker was reportedly one of three Gunners footballers to have rejected a 13 per cent pay cut to cover the financial burden of the coronavirus pandemic. The rest of the team agreed to take the hit to their salary for the next year, which would be paid back in full if the London club qualify for the Champions League.

However, the World Cup winner is said to want to understand exactly where the money is being spent before he parts way with a percentage of his £350k-a-week wage. Manager Mikel Arteta is also facing a fight to hold onto top striker, with the Gunners reportedly ready to listen to offers for the centre-forward.