Arsenal will be hoping to keep Mesut Ozil this summer and build the team around him as they attempt to challenge for the Premier League title next season.
However, as he approaches the final year of his contract, the German may be looking for a move away to play for a Champions League team.
The Mirror report that he wants to leave the club on a free transfer at the end of his current deal, but the Gunners will want to avoid that if possible.
Here are three possible destinations for the 28-year-old…
Jose Mourinho has worked with Ozil before while they were both with Real Madrid and the Europa League champions may be interested in the German play maker this summer. They have struggled to score goals this season and will be looking to strengthen their attacking options. Throughout his career, the United boss has favoured a 4-2-3-1 formation, but there hasn’t been a clear candidate for the number ten role. Ozil would be the perfect fit and his experience in the Premier League would allow him to make an immediate impact.
The problem with a potential move to Old Trafford is that the Gunners won’t want to sell him to a rival team. They have made that mistake in the past with Robin van Persie and it would give off a bad image, as the Gunners would look like a second-rate club. It is important that they keep their best players if they want to be taken seriously as an elite outfit. If they are forced to sell Ozil, then a sale to a foreign club would perhaps be the preferred route.
Paris Saint Germain
The French club are in for a big summer as they attempt to build a team that is good enough to compete for Ligue 1 and the Champions League. They won both domestic cups during the 2016/17 season, but that isn’t good enough for a team with PSG’s wealth. Julian Draxler has done well since joining the club in January and he has recently urged Ozil to join him in Paris. There hasn’t been reported interest from the French club, but they would likely be interested if the German doesn’t sign a new contract at the Emirates Stadium.
As his work rate and influence in big matches has been called into question, he may favour a move to another league to escape the English media. In France, he would have an excellent chance of competing for major honours, while PSG do offer a threat in the Champions League. This wouldn’t be the worst move for Ozil if he does choose to leave Arsenal this summer.
Chinese Super League
After a disappointing season personally, there may not be a lot of interest from other clubs this summer, which will limit the options available to Ozil. He will admit that his form hasn’t been good enough and there have been some questioning whether he is still offering the quality of performance required for the top level. If he is looking for a move to set up his family’s future, he may choose China. There are more and more top European players going to play in the Super League and there would certainly be interest in Ozil from Chinese clubs.
At the age of 28, he may consider it too soon to move away from Europe, but the finances on offer in China are ludicrous and may be too high for Ozil to turn down. The league is improving a lot and there are likely to be big names moving there this summer. Given that the World Cup is a year away, this is unlikely, but you never know with football, especially where China is concerned. If he does choose to run his contract down, a move to Asia would be a real possibility next summer.
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