Thursday 18 January 2018

Arsenal may listen to offers after Ozil's €450,000-a-week demands as Wenger eyes Dortmund star as replacement

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images
Arsenal's Mesut Ozil. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

Matt Law

Arsenal will reluctantly listen to offers for Mesut Ozil next summer if he does not lower his astronomical wage demands.

Both Ozil and Alexis Sanchez only have 18 months remaining on their contracts, and Arsenal are still hopeful of striking an agreement with the star duo.

Chelsea are the latest club to monitor the situation of Sanchez, but it is Ozil who is thought to be more expendable if Arsenal are forced to consider cashing in.

Some sources claim Ozil and Sanchez want over €23million-a-year - €450,000-a-week - to re-sign, and manager Arsene Wenger has appealed to them not to let money decide their futures.

Arsenal could risk letting the pair enter the final 12 months of their contracts if no compromise can be struck, but it is understood any big offers for Ozil would be looked at if he does not sign an extension.

Ozil last week hinted that he was open to a return to Real Madrid, while Bayern Munich could also be interested in the 28-year-old.

Neither Ozil nor Sanchez would be prepared to earn less than the other at the Emirates. Arsenal could afford to pay €17.5m – €335,000 a week – to one of them but it is unlikely they would sanction two lucrative contracts.

Ozil is the highest paid player at Arsenal on €165,000 a week, €15,000 more than Sanchez.

Replacing either Ozil or Sanchez would be a difficult task but Wenger has already lined up Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus as an end of season target. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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