Yesterday, Washington Post journalist Steven Goff reported that representatives of Mesut Ozil will travel to meet officials of D.C United regarding a potential move to America.
They’re are losing superstar Wayne Rooney in January, with the former Manchester United man heading for a player/coach role with Championship side Derby County. Having signed a three year deal, the Englishman is leaving after just one season.
Sources have told Arseblog News that the MLS side are serious about their attempts to sign the German, with Rooney’s departure having come at a particularly sensitive time for the club commercially.
Currently in negotiations with a number of new shirt sponsors, there’s a need to add a big signing to the roster to replace Rooney, and Ozil has been earmarked as a potential candidate. The club want a ‘Premier League star’, and the 30 year old comes with a huge reputation and a massive social media following which sponsors would certainly find attractive.
Whether it’s an appealing move for the German remains to be seen, but it’s understood that Ozil’s representatives are travelling to listen to the proposal – with D.C’s idea being that the player move in time to start the new MLS season in the early part of 2020. That would mean finding an agreement in the near future.
It would prove a financially challenging transfer for the American side, needing to match Ozil’s £350,000 a week deal at Arsenal, plus whatever transfer fee we might require, but given the club’s reported willingness to let him go at times last season that might make negotiations less complicated.
It feels like a long shot, but with a meeting scheduled between Ozil’s camp and D.C United’s people, it is being taken seriously enough at this point, so let’s see what comes of it.