Arsenal's Mesut Ozil reportedly wants to leave the club in January, with Bayern Munich already lining up a bid, but there are far too many factors in play that will prevent a midseason exit for the Germany international.
The Daily Mail's Rob Shepherd reports the Bavarians are ready to capitalise on Ozil's unhappiness at the club with a £30 million bid:
Mesut Ozil wants to quit Arsenal as soon as January and the Gunners are ready to do business.
Bayern Munich are lining up a bid of around £30million for Ozil, who joined Arsenal from Real Madrid last summer for a club record £42.5m.
The Football Grapevine understands the Germany star has grown increasingly unhappy at Arsenal, not least because he is not being played in his preferred forward floating role by Arsene Wenger.
It's not hard to believe Ozil may be unhappy at the Emirates right now—any player would be in his situation. The record signing is being played out of position, has been the fans and media's favourite target of criticism for months and has been a victim of the Gunners' subpar medical department.
As reported by Shepherd, Ozil was sent to the Germany national team for Euro 2016 qualifiers with what the staff believed was a minor knee injury. As it turns out, he could miss up to three months. If fans are upset with trainer Shad Forsythe's performance so far, imagine how Ozil feels. Scoutedfootball.com's Chris has some idea:
Facing a three-month spell on the sidelines, Ozil is expected not to feature for the Gunners until the January transfer window opens. And if the team finds its form while the midfielder is out, it's not inconceivable to think Arsene Wenger could be tempted to move the 25-year-old and use the funds in other key areas.
The chances of it happening are astronomical, however. For starters, Ozil won't be playing until the window opens, as previously stated. He'll have no chances to prove his health to potential suitors, limiting his value on the market.
That value is further diminished by the fact the German is cup-tied to the Gunners. Clubs like Bayern Munich wouldn't be adding the midfielder for depth on the European stage, and they have the players necessary to survive in their domestic leagues, even if a wave of injuries hit.
Ozil won't be match fit, limiting his immediate impact. Combine all of these factors, and you get a transfer that could only possibly go through if the selling team were willing to settle for a reduced fee.
That's not what Arsenal do. Wenger has never been a big spender, and he broke that trend when he brought Ozil in from Real Madrid for £42.5 million. The French caretaker is not going to take a £12 million loss just 18 months later.
As for Ozil himself, he acknowledged the constant criticism of the English media was an odd experience in an interview with German press agency DPA (h/t Metro) recently:
I have the feeling that I am criticised more, that happened to me in the Bundesliga and also at Real Madrid.
I don’t play to prove anything to anybody, I play for Arsenal.
We have only just started the season (at Arsenal), we have new players in key positions. The collective game, which is something I have a lot to do with, cannot then just work well from one day to the next.
10 weeks ago I was elected to the team of the season in England (via a poll on the Premier League website).
I was world champion then. It was the summer break and after a few games everything is called into question again. This is strange, but I know what I can offer.
Could Ozil demand a transfer request from the Gunners? It's certainly possible, but after just 18 injury-filled months, it's more likely he'll be focused on proving his worth once he returns from injury.
But even if the German's days at the Emirates are numbered, a January transfer makes little sense. There are too many factors working against a potential deal, and any permanent decision will likely be made during the summer and not in midseason.