Arsenal manager Unai Emery said he is not wasting time thinking about speculation linking Mesut Ozil with a move to Major League Soccer.
"Really, really when we're starting playing against Burnley, can you think I am thinking and losing my time if the player can leave here?" he said. "My focus, my direction is playing on Saturday."
DC United are interesting in bringing in Ozil as they want a big-name replacement for Wayne Rooney, per the report.
The striker has announced he is leaving the club to return to England with Championship side Derby County:
Turkish Football's Emre Sarigul said DC United face competition from Inter Miami and LA Galaxy for the Arsenal star:
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LATEST - Mesut Ozil's agent Dr Erkut Sogut will travel to America next week to hold talks with DC United - who are looking to replace Wayne Rooney. Exploratory talks will be held over a potential Jan 2020 move DC face competition from Inter Miami & LA Galaxy for the Arsenal star https://t.co/aFcNuak4XB
DC United are interested in bringing Ozil to the MLS in the January transfer window, per sports journalist Paul Brown:
Ozil has a contract at Arsenal that runs until 2021 and is "one of the highest-paid players in the game" with a basic salary of £350,000 a week, per Simon Collings at the Evening Standard.
However, he is not guaranteed a starting spot under Emery. The Spaniard frequently left Ozil out of his starting XI in his first season in charge, particularly for games away from home.
Ozil's first start of the season away from from the Emirates Stadium in 2019 came in a 1-0 defeat at Everton on April 7:
Arsenal were willing to offload the 30-year-old in the summer transfer window but received no formal approaches, according to Sami Mokbel for MailOnline.
Yet Ozil said in pre-season that he is "really happy" at Arsenal and has a "really good relationship" with Emery, per Sam Dean at the Daily Telegraph.
The World Cup-winner missed Arsenal's opening Premier League game of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign due to security fears after being involved in a carjacking, but he could feature against Burnley on Saturday:
A new season offers the German a new opportunity to impress Emery, but if he continues to be a bit-part player at the club, then speculation over his future will only continue.