Arsenal star Mesut Ozil has emerged as a shock transfer target for Premier League rivals Manchester City, who are reportedly considering offering the German international a chance to revive his fortunes at the Etihad to the tune of £30 million.
That rather farfetched piece of sensational transfer gossip comes from the Manchester Evening News, who believe that Ozil is growing increasingly unsettled at Arsenal after a frustrating start to the season and City are primed to take advantage.
Mesut failing to match standards set in Madrid
There's no question that Arsenal's club-record £42.4m signing has been underwhelming so far this term, one impressive display against Aston Villa aside.
Take that game out of the equation and the midfield maestro has no goals and a solitary assist to his name in eight matches, a tough return to justify despite Arsene Wenger's insistence that he still has total faith in the former Real Madrid star to deliver.
Ozil will need some time to repay Wenger though, after a scan in Munich last week confirmed the playmaker has sustained knee ligament damage that will keep him out for 10 weeks at the very least.
Is City's interest genuine?
Despite facing up to spending the rest of 2014 on the treatment table MEN report that City have a long-term interest in the World Cup winner and could make a formal offer if Arsenal are indeed ready to cut their losses on a player who divides opinion and frustrates many of the Gunners faithful to pay to watch him every week.
City continue to seek out top-class additions to help end a frustrating run of recent form in the Champions League despite restrictions from UEFA in terms of Financial Fair Play, a criteria that at his very best Ozil certainly fits.
Arsenal have shown in the past that they are reluctantly willing to do business with direct Premier League rivals at the right price, but surely selling their most expensive purchase of all time after just 18 months would be a stretch too far no matter how much City are willing to pay.