Arsenal are ready to cash-in on Mesut Ozil in January after the want-away midfielder made clear his desire to leave north London, amid reported interest from Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.
The Germany international moved to the Emirates Stadium from Real Madrid in a club-record £42.5 million deal on transfer deadline day last summer, but is already looking to leave after a difficult 18 months in the Premier League.
Ozil has failed to deal with the pressure that came with his huge price-tag, and has been a huge cause of frustration for Arsenal supporters this season.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has kept his faith in the 25-year-old World Cup winner, and hoped that the arrival of Alexis Sanchez would help get the best out of the talented playmaker, who at one stage of his career was regarded as one of the best players in world football.
There's no doubt that Ozil has the ability to be a star performer on his day, but his inconsistent level of performances has resulted in the player growing increasingly unhappy in England.
The Mail on Sunday reports that part of the reason why the German has failed to find his best form is because of Wenger's insistence to continue deploying Ozil out wide, not in his preferred position in the middle just off the striker.
Not worked out
It's now understood that Arsenal are ready to listen to offers for the player when the transfer window reopens at the turn of the year, and that has alerted Pep Guardiola who wants to lure Ozil to the Allianz Arena.
The Bavarian club will table a cut-price £30 million offer which, if accepted, will mean that the Gunners are set to make a significant loss of more than £12 million on a player they bought less than two years ago.