Arsenal have begun talks to buy out the rest of Mesut Ozil’s contract.
The Gunners secured a £120 million loan from the Bank of England earlier this week under the current corporate Covid reconstruction scheme, and could use part of that money to pay off the German World Cup winner.
Ozil’s time at the Emirates looks like it could be drawing to a close amidst strong links with a switch to Fenerbahçe – although MLS side DC United remain interested as well – but, in order to hasten his departure, they will be required to pay Ozil what is owed to him.
The club’s top earner, even though he has not played a single minute of football since lockdown last season, Ozil has always insisted that he was prepared to see out the rest of his contract in North London, which expires at the end of the season.
Getting him out of the club is seen as being a price worth paying.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.