Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is in the final stages of contract with the Emirates Stadium outfit and reporters continue to propose a possible departure from the North London club before the start of next season.
Specifically, the 31-year-old has a year and two months to the end of his agreement with Mikel Arteta’s side, and it is believed that the coach might convince his ex-teammate to remain under his tutelage.
As much as Ozil’s experience might be very important to the team in the 2020-21 season, now is the best time the Gunners let go of their ageing midfielder.
The former Germany international joined the Gunners in 2013 from Real Madrid as one of the best midfielders in the world following his obvious creativity at the middle of pitch.
Unfortunately, Ozil is obviously struggling to reach the standard he’s known for. He has managed just one goal and two assists in 18 Premier League games so far this season.
Judging by the player’s weekly wages, being involved in just three goals is definitely unacceptable for a player of his calibre.
It will be unnecessary to pay a huge £350k for a player who hasn’t really justify his inclusion in the club’s starting lineup since Arteta took over from Unai Emery (on permanent basis) .
So What Next?
It’s time the Gunners release Mesut Ozil and bring in Aston Villa attacking midfielder Jack Grealish in the next summer window. Grealish, 24, is arguably the most in-form playmaker in the Premier League so far.
Despite Aston Villa’s unimpressive performances throughout the campaign, the Englishman has managed to score eight goals and six assists.
He is shouldering Villa’s hope of staying in the top-flight League beyond this season, although the burden seems too heavy for his young shoulders.
Bringing Grealish to the Emirates Stadium as Ozil’s replacement will surely be good a good decision as he will surely deliver more goals and assists than the former world cup winner.
In terms of financial profit, the club have a higher chance to making huge profits from Grealish deal because the young England international will likely receive less wages compared to Ozil’s expensive income.
Intense Competition For The Youngster
However, Arteta and his employers must be on top of their game if they must sign the English international because many clubs are interested in his services.
Manchester United are reportedly leading the park for Grealish’so signature. According to The Mirror, the Red Devils are set to offer a huge sum of £70m to the Villa Park outfits, while they are willing to offer him a £150-a-week contract.
Chelsea are also said to be keeping close tabs on the in-form playmaker. Italian media outlet Calcio Mercato revealed that Frank Lampard is ready to challenge Solskjaer for the Aston Villa man.
Tottenham’s José Mourinho is also a great admirer of the player, and he is likely to launch a surprise bid for him as part of his plans to rebuild the falling North London club.
The Sun revealed that Real Madrid and Barcelona complete the list of clubs targeting the Grealish’s service. This means that Arteta might need to sell Ozil as soon as possible in order to launch a move for Grealish.