Arsenal have had a €45 million offer for Mesut Ozil accepted by Real Madrid, but the deal could yet fall through because the player is unsure he wants to leave Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
Mesut Ozil was sensationally linked with a move to Arsenal last night, with many journalists claiming the Gunners have had a colossal offer accepted, but Spanish publication Marca says the deal may be off as the player is reluctant to leave Real Madrid.
Whilst Florentino Perez has agreed a figure of €45 million (approximately £38.2m) with the Gunners, Ozil seemingly has serious doubts about moving to north London.
The Germany international has become accustomed to winning trophies – or at the very least, competing for them – in his time at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, and with Arsenal not having claimed major honours in the last nine years, Ozil may require convincing to move to Emirates Stadium.
With Gareth Bale having signed for Real Madrid for a monumental figure that may or may not have broken the world transfer record, Perez is aware that he will need to make back the cash somehow in order to adhere to financial fair play regulations.
By making Ozil surplus to requirements, Carlo Ancelotti has somewhat strangely elected to cut off Cristiano Ronaldo’s main supply line in the last few seasons, with no player providing more assists in Europe over the last five seasons in Europe’s top five leagues than the 24 year-old German.
It now remains to be seen whether Arsenal can win round Mesut Ozil and his representatives before the transfer window closes this evening.