According to ESPN, Mesut Ozil turned down a mega-money offer from China and interest from Manchester United before penning his new contract at the Emirates.
After 18 months of talks, it has been confirmed by the BBC’s David Ornstein that the Germany international, 29, has agreed a three and a half year deal worth a reported £230,000 a week after tax.
It’s claimed by journalist Mattias Karen, that Ozil was the subject of an approach from Chinese Super League club Guangzhou who were willing to pay him £25 million a year, more than double what he’ll get at the Emirates.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho also enquired after the midfielder, who he managed at Real Madrid, only to be put off by the player’s wage demands. United have since extended Juan Mata’s contract.
European giants Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain are also understood to have been sniffing around Ozil, who could have signed a pre-contract agreement this month ahead of becoming a free agent in the summer.
So, basically, stick it, Jose.