D.C. United in pole position to sign £350,000-a-week Arsenal midfielder

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Mesut Ozil’s agent has reportedly held negotiations with DC United as the Gunnersplaymaker could be ready for an exit from the London club either in winter or next summer. Germany international endured a disappointing campaign last year as he managed only six goals and three assists in 35 matches for Arsenal.

At times he even struggled to hold down a regular place in Unai Emery’s starting line-up, and that has continued in pre-season. Further, Mesut and Sead Kolasinac went through a terrifying ordeal last month after an attempted carjacking, while the duo missed the opening match of the campaign with Magpies due to security reasons.

Ergut Sogut has been in Washington to discuss the move as well as having a tour of the franchise’s stadium and proposed training ground to try and sell the vision and give him a better view of the infrastructure and ambitions of MLS club moving forward.

It’s added that while DC United want a winter move, they could be forced to wait until next summer before landing the 30-year-old midfielder, but time will tell if the issues surrounding the carjacking incident continue to prevent German playmaker from featuring as he would like.

The safety and security of his family will undoubtedly come first and coupled with the fact that Mesut could continue to struggle to secure a prominent role under Emery at Arsenal this season, particularly after the signings of Nicolas Pepe and Dani Ceballos this transfer window, it could make a switch Stateside all the more appealing.

 

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