In Focus: Signing Ozil from Arsenal for £30m could be a bargain

Arsenal want around £30m for Mesut Ozil in January, with Manchester United thought to be interested, according to the Daily Star.

What’s the word?

Ozil, as well as teammate Alexis Sanchez, have been surrounded by transfer speculation for the better part of a year.

There were suggestions that the pair would leave the Emirates in the summer, but moves never materialised.

Both players come to the end of their current contracts next summer, which means that they could leave Arsenal for free if they opt against signing new deals.

With that in mind, it seems that the club are willing to sell mid-season, and the Daily Star claims that a £30m price tag has been placed on Ozil’s head.

The publication adds that Jose Mourinho is keen to take the German midfielder to Old Trafford.

Is £30m a fair price?

Ozil has struggled for consistency since moving to Arsenal from Real Madrid in 2013.

The 29-year-old is commonly accused of ‘going missing’ in big games and failing to make an impact when he is needed most.

On the one hand, the midfielder is capable of producing moments of brilliance, and if he moves to United, he could rediscover that form.

Ozil’s inconsistency may lead some to question the £30m price tag, but in a market where a footballer can be bought for around £200m (Neymar), then he figure is rather modest.

However, potential suitors may argue that the fee should be much lower considering that the midfielder can leave for nothing next year.