As the season goes on, it’s looking more and more likely that Arsenal duo Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil will be leaving in the near future.
Both of their contracts expire next summer and it seems they are no closer to signing a new deal at the Emirates.
In truth, it's pretty surprising that Sanchez is still at the club at all.
He was heavily linked with a move to Manchester City but failed to force through a move on transfer deadline day.
And any chance of him staying at the club beyond next summer are slim to none.
As for Ozil, there’s slightly more hope.
And a report from Goal has revealed the German’s stance.
They state that Ozil is happy in London and there is still a small possibility that he will sign a new contract.
But the prospect of signing the playmaker on a free will tempt plenty of top European clubs who can agree a pre-contract in January.
Two of those clubs that are keen are Barcelona and Manchester United and Ozil is interested in joining both of those club.
The three clubs Ozil wants to sign for
But there’s a third club that Ozil is open to signing for - his former club Real Madrid.
Here’s what the report in Goal says:
“Both Barcelona and Manchester United have expressed an interest in signing the Germany international, with both clubs among the three sides Ozil would be willing to represent apart from Arsenal, his former team Real Madrid completing that trio of superclubs."
While working under Jose Mourinho at United would appeal to Ozil, swapping the lifestyle of London with Manchester doesn’t exactly appeal to him.
As for Barca, they failed to sign Philippe Coutinho last summer and they may see Ozil as the much cheaper option next time around - especially if they don’t have to pay a penny for him.
While Ozil may be keen to return to Madrid, it’s believed the European champions have no interest in re-signing him at this moment.
Keown on Ozil
Despite the report stating there’s still a chance of Ozil deciding to stay at Arsenal, former defender Martin Keown think he’s ‘already left.’
"I think he’s testing Wenger more than any other player has," Keown told BBC 5 Live.
"I think it was Belarus the other week, he didn’t fancy going. He didn’t want to go. ‘Suddenly he was injured again, he played nine minutes against West Bromwich Albion on the Monday, so how did he get injured there?
"I think in some departments he’s already left. Psychologically, mentally, he’s already left the football club. Maybe Wenger is now trying to do the best deal he can to get some compensation for him."
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