In Focus: Arsenal may finally have control over Mesut Ozil’s future

According to the Daily Mail, Mesut Ozil may have to back down from his mammoth demands over a new deal at Arsenal following a poor season for the club.

What’s the word?

Well, much has been made about Ozil’s future in north London, with his contract running out at the end of next season. When on form, the World Cup winner is one of the most creative outlets in the Premier League, though has struggled to wholly convince on a consistent basis over the last few months.

So far, the former Real Madrid playmaker is understood to have snubbed an offer of around £250k-per-week, even though that contract would be a marked improvement on the cool £140k-per-week he’s thought to be on now.

Having won the World Cup and played for Los Blancos, huge interest was expected in him this summer, though such a flurry has not reportedly been forthcoming.

Who is keen?

There’s little doubting the fact Ozil would improve most squads around Europe. Still, considering the financial implication a deal of this magnitude would have on any potential buyer, it’s unlikely too many of the European elite would splash out on what would be a supplement to other attacking options.

Turkish giants Fenerbahce are understood to retain an interest in the 28-year-old and, while a move to Istanbul would be a step down, Ozil does have Turkish heritage in his family. However, the SuperLig side would not be able to offer the sort of money Ozil is currently rejecting at Arsenal.

He’s also believed to have offers from the Chinese Super League, though a lucrative move to the Far East is not thought to interest him right now.

Good news for Arsenal?

Yes. With so much tension around the Emirates right now, reports of this manner at least indicate Arsenal still hold some sort of power over their players, in stark contrast to the situation surrounding Alexis Sanchez right now.

Now, the Gunners seem to have the advantage in the power struggle, something they’ve not really had in years.