Real Madrid won’t consider re-signing Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, according to Guillem Balague.
Asked if Madrid have the option to buy the German back, the Sky Sports journalist replied: “They can match whatever other teams pay for him but they won’t. His Madrid era is gone.”
On Monday, Football Leaks, which has also exposed Gareth Bale’s Madrid transfer agreement with Tottenham and the details of Manchester United winger Anthony Martial’s signing from Monaco, disclosed the agreement Arsenal and Madrid made over Ozil in 2013, as reported by The Guardian.
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The most interesting aspect was the buy-back option offered to Madrid.
According to the document, Arsenal must inform Madrid if they ever intend to sell the 27-year-old to another Spanish club.
Should an offer be made to Arsenal, the Gunners must reveal the full financial terms of the deal to Los Blancos, who would have 48 hours to match the offer. If they choose to meet the terms, Madrid would be given the first opportunity to speak with Ozil.
The leaked information also revealed the true cost of Ozil’s signing. Arsenal paid €44 million for the playmaker, a fee that will rise to €50m if Arsenal qualify for the Champions League group stages in any six campaigns from last season onwards.
Balague insists that Madrid will not be interested in re-signing Ozil and Arsenal will be reluctant to let him go. The German has been a revelation for Arsene Wenger’s team this season and leads the league with 16 assists.
Olivier Giroud would certainly be sad to see Ozil depart. Six of the Frenchman’s 12 league goals have been set up by the former Schalke man, according to the Daily Mail.
Ozil’s influence has helped fire Arsenal to within three points of leaders Leicester.