Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s future remains in some doubt, despite Unai Emery recently bringing him in from the cold.
The playmaker was mysteriously omitted from a string of matchday squads in October by the Spaniard.
Ozil returned to captain the side against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup last week, and then started against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League at the weekend.
But he was not included in the travelling squad to face Vitoria, when perhaps he might have at least been on the bench as senior players Alexandre Lacazette, Hector Bellerin, Lucas Torreira, Bernd Leno and Sead Kolasinac all were.
One would think Ozil doesn’t need the ‘rest’ given how little he has played recently.
It is Ozil’s intention to see out his contract at the Emirates, but perhaps one potential managerial development elsewhere in Europe would see him change his stance.
TBR’s view – Wenger to take Ozil to Bayern?
Currently Arsene Wenger is the favourite to land the Bayern Munich job after Niko Kovac was sacked, with Ralf Rangnick not interested. The Guardian report Bayern expect to negotiate with him this week.
Should the Frenchman become the Bavarians’ new head coach, then perhaps he will raid his old club for Ozil.
A move would make sense – Ozil obviously once plied his trade in the Bundesliga with Schalke and Werder Bremen and would perhaps relish playing in his homeland again for a fresh start.
Bayern are a huge club, and he is still a top-quality player.
Wenger forked out a club-record £42.4 million for Ozil in 2013 (BBC Sport), and often raved about the 30-year-old’s quality during his time as Gunners boss.
Wages would be a potential stumbling block, but maybe the lure of Wenger would see Ozil take a cut and leave north London.