He has one World Cup Winners medal, and three FA Cup trophies, as well as 92 caps for his country to his name, but could Sheffield United be serious about signing frozen out Arsenal star Mesut Ozil on loan in January, with a view to a permanent deal?
Ozil, 31, has played just once in the Premier League this season as the Gunners came back from a two goal deficit to draw 2-2 at Watford earlier in the season. He has also featured in their 5-0 victory over Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup.
The current #10 was a World Cup winner with Germany in 2014, as they beat Argentina 1-0, who were managed by former Blade Alex Sabella, in extra-time. He has also accomplished three FA Cup winners trophies in; 2014, 2015, and 2017 – all with Arsenal.
Whilst the £22.5million price tag may be beyond United’s current reach (valued by TransferMaket website) , it is believed that a deal could manifest to take the German attacking-midfielder on loan in January, with view to a permanent deal should the Blades achieve their task of securing Premier League football next season.
Arsenal boss Unai Emery hasn’t quite ruled out a return to the first team for Ozil, but neither did he categorically confirm that a return is definitely on the cards with the Spanish boss telling the BBC that; “He can help us, yes.”
Although the Blades could face stiff competition from United’s Turkish friends Fenerbache, who too are looking to seal a move in January. However in July 2019, the German midfielder saw a move to the Turkish club rebuffed, after they failed agree on a transfer fee.
The Attacking-Midfielder would add further experience to the side in a position where United have a number of players who can operate in that role; Luke Freeman, Ravel Morrison and David McGoldrick can all fill that role when required.
We are unsure as to strength of this rumour, although supporters are clear that some new signings will need to be made during the January transfer window. Competition for Ozil’s signature will be strong, and United may find themselves priced out among the elite clubs in Europe in both the asking price and his £350k a week wages.
Ozil is currently under contract at the Emirates until 2021, and whether he wishes to remain in the Premier League may dictate as to where he moves if Arsenal aren’t going return him to the first team XI.