According to SZ.de, Mesut Ozil has turned down an approach from PSG to join them until the end of the season because he does not want go out on loan.
The Ligue 1 side have been hit with the news that Neymar will be out until April, having fractured a metatarsal, and with Champions League a big priority for the owners, they appear to have tried to tempt the out-of-favour 30 year old from Arsenal.
It sounds a bit mad, but in terms of the source our resident tactics columnist Lewis Ambrose who is based in Germany says of Süddeutsche Zeitung, “Reliable newspaper, definitely not the sort to just make stuff up.”
Reliable newspaper, definitely not the sort to just make stuff up
— Lewis (@LGAmbrose) January 30, 2019
Despite captaining the side in last night’s 2-1 win over Cardiff, all has not been well between Ozil and head coach Unai Emery, and when he was taken off last night there was no interaction between the two men, no handshake or back slap that usually accompanies a player’s departure.
Earlier this month, Emery made it clear to Ozil that it would be best for all parties if he were to leave the club, and you would think that PSG is the kind of club he’d be keen to join in terms of its profile and its ability to cover his salary.
Whether this is something they’ll revisit in the summer we’ll have to just wait and see, and with Arsenal interested in PSG midfielder Christopher Nkunku there might be some crossover in that regard.
In the meantime, Arsenal have completed the loan signing of Denis Suarez from Barcelona who will join until the end of the season.