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Ozil’s agent opens door to Arsenal exit

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The midfielder has less than six months left on his current deal and has also been linked with MLS side D.C. United.

Mesut Ozil’s agent has raised the possibility of the German leaving Arsenal in January, although the north London club are adamant they have yet to enter into serious discussions with any interested party.

Ozil has not played for the Gunners since March and wasn’t even registered by boss Mikel Arteta to be part of his 25-man Premier League squad for the first half of the season.

The World Cup winner’s agent, Dr Erkut Sogut, has always been insistent, however, that the playmaker would not leave Arsenal until his contract expires in the summer.

But amid reports in Turkey suggesting Ozil is close to a move to Fenerbahce and suggestions he could be heading to the United States with D.C. United, Sogut has now revealed that a January exit could be a possibility.

In an interview with ESPN, Sogut said: “We were not allowed to talk legally before January 1 so now we are just starting to look at the options with the numbers and details.

“I can’t talk about the clubs directly because it would be unprofessional but generally, there is six months left on the contract and it is nothing unusual that we will talk to people about different opportunities and try to find the best option for Mesut.

“He might stay at Arsenal until the summer but he might go. Mesut’s priority is to stay but you never know in football, things can change very fast. For the moment, we are just checking all the options for January and the summer.

“If we want to leave in January, I need to talk to Arsenal. If we sign for the summer, we don’t need to. That’s the situation. In the next seven to 10 days, it will be a little clearer as now the transfer window is open, things can move faster.”

Arsenal have been desperate to get Ozil, who earns £350,000 a week, off their books for the past two seasons, but have been unable to convince him to leave.

Clubs in the Middle East have shown an interest in the former Real Madrid star, who moved to north London from the Bernabeu in 2013 and has won four FA Cups during his time with the Gunners.

The Arsenal hierarchy are willing to do what they can to help facilitate a move before the end the January window and are in regular dialogue with Ozil’s representatives to try and find a solution.

Sources have confirmed to Goal that Ozil has been given some time off recently to try and help move things forward in his search for a new club.

He is back now, however, and despite the reported interest from the likes of Fenerbahce and D.C. United, Arsenal have yet to be contacted by any club to discuss a potential transfer.

Should contact be made in the coming days, Arsenal would not be looking for any transfer fee for the 32-year-old, who has less than six months remaining on his deal.

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Arsenal considers transfers link for Moussa Dembele

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ARSENAL are putting together a shortlist reportedly including  Moussa Dembele as part of their summer overhaul.

Mikel Arteta has hinted at a very busy transfer window at the Emirates following a disappointing campaign.

Mikel Arteta has hinted at a very busy transfer window at the Emirates following a disappointing campaign.

 

Moussa Dembele could be available if Atletico Madrid end his loan spellCredit: AFP

Odsonne Edouard is another reportedly being watched by ArsenalCredit: The Sun

Last night, SunSport revealed that Hector Bellerin is among the stars on the chopping block.

 

And Alexandre Lacazette, Matteo Guendouzi, David Luiz and more are being prepared for a move.

 

According to the Telegraph, French striker Lacazette could be joined by Eddie Nketiah in leaving this summer, with two stars eyed as replacements.

 

Lyon forward Dembele, 24, has spent the second half of the season on loan at Atletico Madrid but is yet to score for the LaLiga leaders.

 

Still yet to start for his new club, the Frenchman can move for a pre-agreed £30million fee in the summer but his poor form and fitness issues make that an increasingly unlikely option.

Dembele remains under contract at Lyon for another two years yet is reportedly available for around £25m should Atleti let him go.

A slightly cheaper option, at around £15m to £20m, is said to be Celtic star Edouard.

The SPFL runners-up may seek to cash in on the 23-year-old ahead of his contract expiring in 2022.

The striker has hit 21 goals in all competitions for the Glasgow outfit this season.

 

But any Arsenal approach may come up against fierce competition from Leicester, who are also thought to be keen and are set to be able to offer Champions League football next season.

 

The Gunners maintain an outside shot at a Europa League or Europa Conference League finish and travel to high-flying Chelsea on Wednesday.

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Full list of players that have been put up for sale by Arsenal

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Arsenal will be listening to offers for a number of players they have transfer listed.

Arsenal are already making preparations for a busy summer transfer window. The club must sell off some players that are surplus to requirement, makeweight and use the funds to buy new or better players.

 

The squad also needs to be trimmed since Arsenal are highly unlikely to play European football next season. Quality over quantity will have to be prioritized during the transfer window as the club rebuilds for the next season.

 

As per football.london here are the players that have been put up for sale;

 

Bernd Leno, Hector Bellerin, Sead Kolasinac, Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi, Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

 

Many other players also face an uncertain future and could be sold to cut the wage bill or generate funds for transfers, these are;

 

Alex Runarsson, David Luiz, Joe Willock, Alexandre Lacazette, Eddie Nketiah, Reiss Nelson and Mohamed Elneny.

 

Arsenal’s budget for the transfer window remains unknown but it is likely to be a low budget that will depend on player sales and revenue earnings from competitions, unless the Kroenke’s finally decide to make some cash available for transfers as a result of pressure from the fanbase,

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Bernd Leno breaks silence concerning Arsenal future amid talk of summer transfer

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Bernd Leno has insisted he is still happy at Arsenal despite reports he could leave this summer.

The German goalkeeper has impressed in north London, so much so that Mikel Arteta backed him and sold Emiliano Martinez last summer despite the Argentine impressing last season.

 

But football.london understands Leno is open to leaving Arsenal this summer with the club willing to sell him for the right price. It comes with a number of young prospects in the wings, including Arthur Okonkwo, who is set for a new deal amid interest from a number of top clubs around Europe.

 

The Gunners are also looking at signing loan keeper Mat Ryan on a permanent deal with Alex Runarsson likely to leave on a loan deal ahead of next season

Leno is currently the Gunners’ number one, so it’s not clear who would replace him, but it’s understood Arsenal are open to selling him, even if the player himself does not seem keen to depart.

 

“I am still happy at Arsenal. Arsenal is still a big club, a big name in the world and in the Premier League,” Leno told Sky Sports.

There is nobody in the dressing room who says ‘I want to leave the club, I am not happy here anymore’.

“We still have a good environment at the club and in the dressing room. Of course, at times it was not easy this season, but this is part of football.

It’s not good to feel sorry for ourselves, we need to move forward and change it to a positive as soon as possible.”

 

Arsenal may just shift a number of players who don’t necessarily want to leave this summer with Mikel Arteta clearly needing to improve his squad on the back of a disappointing campaign which will see the Gunners miss out on European football for the first time in 25 years.

 

Leno could be part of that list of outgoings, currently valued at £22.5million by Transfermarkt with his contract due to run until 2023

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