Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil is in the news once again after it was revealed that the German World Cup winner is unhappy with the Gunners hierarchy for leaking to the British media that he was one of three players who rejected the 12.5% pay cut as a result of the dreaded Coronavirus pandemic.
The Gunners announced earlier this week that the players have agreed to the aforementioned pay cut as made possible by the timely intervention of manager Mikel Arteta. Shortly after the news of the pay cut agreement with the players, it was disclosed that Ozil was opposed to the arrangement.
Mesut Ozil has been left angered by the whole situation and that has led to media reports that the German could leave Arsenal this summer with one year remaining on his current contract with the North London outfit. The midfielder is the highest earner at the Emirates Stadium after the contract signed by him in February 2018 worth £350,000 on a weekly basis.
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Arsenal midfielder Ozil has divided opinion amongst the Gunners Faithfuls over the last few years especially after the new three-year deal signed by the German two years ago. Things were much different when he signed for the club in 2013 following his club-record transfer from Spanish La Liga side Real Madrid.
Arsenal paid £42.4m (€50m) for Ozil and he was a catalyst for the Gunners as they ended their nine-year trophy drought in 2014. Let’s look at his top three destinations if the current pay cut situation leads to his exit from North London:
1. Fenerbahce – Turkish giants Fenerbahce have been very vocal about the possibility of signing Mesut Ozil but his weekly wages could be their stumbling block.
2. LA Galaxy – The MLS (Major League Soccer) could be his next destination with LA Galaxy said to be one of the American-based clubs keen on the former Real Madrid playmaker.
3. Inter Miami – The club is new to MLS but that has not stopped owner/English football legend David Beckham from trying to make a marquee signing and Ozil could be his man.