With Mesut Ozil’s contract less than a year from expiration and the German international heavily linked with a move away from Arsenal in the January transfer window, Freebets.com have opted to take a look into the likeliest clubs the World Cup winner could end up at post-January:
Man United – 11/2 with Paddy Power
The club who essentially started this charade off are aptly favourites, although priced slightly higher than some may expect. Newspaper rumours claiming that Ozil had already ‘told his teammates he would be joining Manchester United’ surfaced just last week and caused chaos on social media. Connections to his former Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho make the story compelling, although there’s the small of question of where he’d fit in at Old Trafford. Nevertheless, at a likely bargain price, signing a player with Ozil’s pedigree, ability and experience would be a coup. Would Arsene Wenger sell to English rivals again after the Robin van Persie fiasco?
Inter Milan – 11/2 with Paddy Power
Priced as joint favourites with United, Inter Milan have been repeatedly linked with Ozil throughout the summer and that link isn’t going away. Inter chairman Erik Thohir has said Ozil is ‘definitely one of the players they are looking at’, while sporting director Piero Ausilio has confirmed that the club are keen to strengthen in January. Inter have had a terrific start to the campaign under Luciano Spalletti – could Ozil be tempted to join the Internazionale revolution?
Bayern Munich – 12/1 with Paddy Power
One potentially overpriced link is Bayern Munich, the giants of German football who have a remarkable habit of signing all of Germany’s biggest stars at some point or another. Ozil played for Schalke and Werder Bremen during his previous spell in his home country, opting to join Real Madrid when he got his major breakthrough in 2010. Former German international Michael Ballack has told the media that Ozil’s best move is to join Bayern, while the champions could be looking to replace Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery soon enough. It’s not implausible!
To remain at Arsenal – 1/4 with Paddy Power
Comfortably the most likely outcome according to bookmakers, Ozil remaining at Arsenal is priced at just 1/4 with Paddy Power. He’s been in and out of the Gunners line-up this season, but an impressive display against Everton highlighted how crucial Ozil is to Arsene Wenger’s side right now. Regardless of what happens next summer, the fact that remains Arsenal will be utterly desperate to keep hold of Ozil, along with Alexis Sanchez throughout the January transfer window. The German may well want a move away, but the power is all with Arsenal at the end of the day.