Arsenal are being linked with a move for Werder Bremen attacking midfielder Mesut Ozil.
The German star is expected to play a pivotal role for his country during the World Cup, and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will be monitoring his progress with a view to a potential summer move after the tournament.
Ozil started his senior career at Schalke 04, breaking into the first team as a teenager in 2006. Two years later, Werder would pay a fee in the region of €4.3 million for the 21-year-old's services, and he has gone on to impress at the Weserstadion.
At international level, Ozil has worked his way through the levels from U17 to U21 before earning a full debut for the national side in 2009 against Norway. He has since played 10 times for Germany.
Ozil, who is of Turkish decent, is currently valued at around £12 million by the Bundesliga side. That figure could easily rise with some stand-out performances in South Africa.
Wenger is unlikely to move quickly, but will have to decide if his own valuation meets the figure being proposed by Thomas Schaaf's team.
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