Arsenal may finally be in position to land a big-name player this summer. The Gunners are reportedly in "advanced talks" with Real Madrid about potentially signing German midfielder Mesut Ozil, according to Sky Sports News on Twitter:
Sky Sources: Arsenal in advanced talks to sign Real Madrid's Mesut Ozil #SSN— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) September 1, 2013
CNN sports contributor Tancredi Palmeri reports that the potential deal could cost Arsenal roughly €50 million after add-ons are factored in:
What Cadena Cope advanced is true: Arsenal and Real Madrid are close to seal a 45m € + 5m € add-ons deal for Ozil!— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) September 1, 2013
If a deal is reached before the summer transfer window closes on Monday, Arsenal will have acquired a talented player to team up with the likes of Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere in midfield. Ozil has very few weaknesses in his game and would instantly become one of the club's top creators in addition to one of their most dangerous players on set pieces.
Landing a player of Ozil's caliber would also relieve some of the pressure on longtime Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who has often been criticized for failing to bring in top-flight talent year after year.
According to WhoScored.com, Ozil has an average match rating of 7.19 through Real Madrid's first two league matches in 2013-14.
Ozil has been with Real since 2010, playing three-plus seasons at the Bernabeu and helping Los Blancos win the Spanish Primera Division in 2011-12.
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The 24-year-old attacking midfielder has scored 27 goals in nearly 160 appearances for Real in all competitions, netting nine in 31 league matches a season ago. Before starring in Spain, Ozil was making a name for himself in the Bundesliga, playing for clubs like Werder Bremen and Schalke.
A key player for the German national team, Ozil has scored 15 goals for his country in 47 appearances with the senior squad since 2009. He recorded three assists for Germany at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, finishing tied with four other players for most in the tournament.
Earlier this week, The Guardian's Scott Murray reported that Arsenal were interested in a trio of Real players, including Ozil. Karim Benzema and Angel di Maria were the other two players in question.
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