Arsenal Transfer News: Mesut Ozil Record Bid Worth Every Penny for Gunners
According to the Telegraph’s Jeremy Wilson, that promises to work in the favour of Arsene Wenger, who is hoping to make £80 million worth of transfers this deadline day, of which Ozil would account for more than half.
According to Guillem Balague, an initial fee of €45 million has been agreed, with only personal terms the remaining obstacle:
AFC and RM reached deal for Ozil, €45m+5 in objectives. BUT not personal terms agreed yet, lots separating AFC and player.— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) September 2, 2013
The German international is alleged to have drawn the Arsenal manager’s gaze for some time and it seems Bale’s arrival in the Spanish capital might now force the transfer.
In the recent context of Gareth Bale's mega-money move, Ozil is every bit the player that the Gunners are paying for, too.
With their current transfer record standing at around the £15 million mark, it represents a massive change in direction for the North Londoners to even contemplate such a signing.
What’s more, the Daily Mail’s Simon Jones says that the club are prepared to pay Ozil’s £180,000-a-week contract, again breaking the traditions that Arsenal have become so renowned for down the years.
In his 105 La Liga appearances for Real, Ozil has made 55 assists and scored 19 goals. Such a ratio means the German had a direct influence in a goal more than once every other game, with a record of 20 assists and four goals in 41 Champions League matches backing that average up.
Quite simply, the former Werder Bremen starlet is very capable of being a game-changer for Arsenal, something that massive transfer fees don’t always guarantee, as we’ve seen down the years.
Even when paying such substantial figures, it’s surprising how seldom the outlay is made for a player who’s truly proven at a top European side. For example, even Andy Carroll or Edin Dzeko had never really played at the elite level before their last major money moves from Newcastle and Wolfsburg, respectively.
In today's market, is Ozil worth £45m?
Ozil is a different story having already featured under Jose Mourinho at the heights of Champions League football, helping Real Madrid to numerous trophies during his stay there.
What’s more, with Olivier Giroud enjoying the most prolific section of his Arsenal career to date, it seems Ozil may have a more reliable figure to feed up top, also.
If Bale is deemed worthy of a €100 million price tag, then Ozil certainly warrants half that amount, especially considering the latter is more proven at the highest level and an incredibly gifted player in his own right.
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