Paris Saint-Germain have emerged has favourites with bookmakers Ladbrokes to sign Arsenal star Mesut Ozil this summer.
The German international – once the Gunners’ record signing when he arrived from La Liga giants Real Madrid almost five years ago – hasn’t featured for the club since sustaining a back injury during the Europa League semi-final second leg defeat against Atletico Madrid earlier in the month.
However, it might just turn out that Ozil has already played his last game for the north London outfit.
Even though it is just three months removed from when the 29-year-old put pen-to-paper on a new deal with the Gunners, Ladbrokes believe there’s a good chance that the playmaker will move on in the summer transfer window.
PSG – now managed by Ozil’s compatriot in Thomas Tuchel – are slight favourites at 2/1, ahead of newly crowned Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich who are priced at 5/2.
A reunion with Jose Mourinho at Manchester United is 4/1, while a move to Los Blancos’ fierce rivals Barcelona is 5/1 and joining the recent trend of a lucrative switch to any Chinese Super club is 8/1.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Despite signing a mega contract extension earlier this year, we’re already looking at where Ozil will be playing next, and as things stand it’s PSG who are leading the way in the race for his signature.”
Upon signing his new deal – worth a reported £350,000 a week – Ozil revealed that he was at the right club, while SportBild claimed he had turned down interest from Man United, Barcelona and PSG to stay at the Emirates.
“It’s been one of the most important decisions of my footballing career and that’s why I had to think hard and talk with everyone who’s important to me,” he said.