By 90Min
February 13, 2019

Intermediaries are reportedly working to find out which clubs would be able to finance a deal for outcast Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil.

Ozil has struggled to hold down a place in Unai Emery's side this season and has regularly found himself out of the starting lineup for his side's big games, prompting rumours of clashes between the manager and Ozil.

His wages of £350,000 a week are thought to be the biggest stumbling block in any potential transfer, but The Telegraph claim that there are intermediaries who are offering Ozil's services to clubs in an attempt to discover whether any would be happy to finance a deal for the 30-year-old.

Whether the intermediaries are working for Arsenal directly or not is currently unknown, but it is said that Arsenal are now open to offers for Ozil and would welcome any serious proposals from interested clubs.

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According to The Telegraph, the most significant interest in Ozil has come from China and Italy. Inter and AC Milan were both thought to be keen on securing a deal for Ozil during the January transfer window, but it remains to be seen whether they will reignite their interest at the end of the season.

In January, Arsenal found themselves forced to operate with minimal transfer funds, and it is feared that they may have a reduced transfer budget in the summer if they fail to secure Champions League football.

As a result, the Gunners view Ozil's potential departure as the best means to raise funds, and getting his massive wage packet off their books would certainly free up a sizeable amount of money for new signings.

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The intermediaries who are working on this case are also thought to be investigating the possibility of a swap deal for Ozil. Reports of this type of deal surfaced in January, with Inter's Radja Nainggolan linked with a potential move to the Emirates Stadium before the window closed.

Arsenal do not want a player on Ozil's salary to spend large parts of the season on the bench, and they are now believed to be preparing for life without the midfielder.

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