Earlier this season Mesut Ozil was linked with a move to MLS outfit DC United. As we reported at the time, club officials met with the player’s agent and representatives, as they looked to bring in a star name to replace the departing Wayne Rooney.
With commercial interests and a new kit sponsor in the works, they wanted a Premier League star, and Ozil remains a name on their list.
Now, from Italy come reports that LA Galaxy have set their sights on the German as a potential replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
He’s cast doubt over his MLS future in recent days, and with Ozil’s ongoing situation at Arsenal they’ve reportedly identified Ozil as the man to take his place.
Unai Emery has steadfastly refused to provide any further insight into why he’s refusing to pick the 31 year old. Previously he’d said that other players deserved to be in the squad more, but after Monday’s 1-0 defeat to Sheffield United and the last gasp 3-2 win over Vitoria in the Europa League, the Spaniard played his cards close to his chest saying it wasn’t the right time to talk about it.
Asked if Ozil had a future at the club, he eschewed the usual managerial spin, and it seems that a recall is as far away as ever.
For his part, the former Real Madrid man has consistently said he wants to stay, and did so again in a recent interview with David Ornstein for The Athletic (£).
The situation remains a problem for Arsenal, who look like they’re backing the manager’s stance, albeit from a distance.
Could a high profile, big money move to LA provide a solution for all concerned?