The deal that would answer Arsene Wenger's critics over his spending policy is on the horizon, as Arsenal have entered advanced talks with Real Madrid over 24-year-old midfielder, Mesut Ozil.
After Real Madrid completed the world record £86 million for Gareth Bale, eclipsing the £80 million which the club paid Manchester United for their prized asset Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009, manager Carlo Ancelotti is allowing a number of players to leave the club to finance the deal - including Ozil.
According to Goal.com, Arsenal are willing to pay a club record £40 million to capture Ozil - who had attracted interest from Manchester United - and has reportedly indicated he is keen to move to the Emirates stadium, despite his public claims that he's happy to stay and fight for his place in Carlo Ancelotti's side.
The Gunners now face a race against time to complete the deal in what promises to be a frantic deadline day at the club, with Wenger targeting at least three new signings on as he tries to make amends for what has been a frustrating summer of transfer inactivity for the club.
With Arsenal already reaching an agreement with Palermo to sign goalkeeper Emiliano Vivano on a season-long loan, with the Italian heading to London tonight to discuss personal terms and undertake a medical.
Despite working with a transfer budget of up to £100 million, Wenger has suffered repeated frustration in the transfer market this summer and is yet to make a cash signing.
The priority has been to add a goalscorer to the ranks but two bids for Luis Suarez were rejected by Liverpool, including an infamous £40 million and £1 bid, while moves for Gonzalo Higuain and Karim Benzema have all been unsuccessful.
Wenger has turned his attention to Los Blancos elite attackers after it became clear that Bale was set for a world-record move to Spain.
Ozil was left on the bench for Real’s 3-1 win earlier on Sunday after being substituted during the 1-0 win at Granada six days previously, where he reacted angrily by storming down the tunnel and onto the team bus.
Ozil made his move to Madrid for a bargain fee of £15 million, which has proved to be a financial success for the club.
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