DC United have started their ‘long-shot pursuit’ of Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil after they hosted the player’s agent in Washington on Wednesday, according to The Washington Post.
Erkut Sögüt met with club executives Jason Levien and Sam Porter to see if the German would be open to the possibility of moving to Major League Soccer.
One person has said that a move next summer is more realistic, despite the club looking at a potential transfer in the upcoming winter transfer window.
The former Germany international is among the 10 highest-paid players in the world with a base salary of $24m (roughly £19.8m).
Ozil has endured a tough few seasons at the club, often getting criticised from fans and pundits due to his inconsistent form. Graeme Souness was one of the pundits to hit out at the 30-year-old, saying he doesn’t show passion after his performance away to Crystal Palace last season.
The playmaker endured a tough season last campaign as he scored six goals and assisted just three goals, as the North London giants succumbed to a 4-1 defeat in the Europa League final. Ozil’s performance was one of many that were picked out as being ‘below-par’, with Eidur Gudjohnsen tearing into the player and saying he should be ’embarrassed’ of himself.
Looking deeper into Ozil’s attacking statistics, and it starts to paint a bleaker picture for the playmaker. Last season, the 30-year-old only managed to average over one in key passes made per game and in the number of times he was dispossessed (via WhoScored). These statistics highlight how far he has fallen off, and why a move away would suit both him and the club.
It seems Ozil’s career has stalled at the Emirates and that a move away would be good as the German is getting no younger, and will soon need to be replaced by the club anyway.
His £350,000 per week wages also pose a problem for the Gunners as Ozil showed last season that he doesn’t deserve them with his low level of performances. Moving the German on would be the another step in clearing out a very high wage bill at the club.
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