Arsenal agree £42m deal for German international
Arsene Wenger looks set to complete his first big money signing of the summer on transfer deadline day, as Arsenal agree a £42m deal to sign Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid.
The BBC has reported that the 24 year old has agreed personal terms with the Gunners, but must undergo a medical before the deal is completed.
In what is probably the biggest signing of deadline day so far, Arsenal have broken a club record fee if the deal for Ozil can be completed today.
The move has been helped by Real Madrid finally securing the world record signing for Gareth Bale yesterday from the Gunners rivals Tottenham Hotspur, and now the La Liga side are looking to recoup some of the £85.3m they spent on the Welshman.
It was thought Manchester United were also interested in the German’s signature, but it seems Wenger has won the race to sign him.
Although currently in Germany for international duty, Ozil can complete his medical over there and its thought there should be no problems securing the signing before the window shuts.
Despite Wenger finally being given major funds for his side to spend this summer, Arsenal have largely struggled to make any major signings, compared to the likes of Spurs, Manchester City and Chelsea.
They saw high profile targets like Gonzalo Higuain and Luiz Gustavo opt elsewhere, and failed to sign Luis Suarez and Wayne Rooney from their Premier League rivals.
However this signing will be a massive boost to everyone involved with Arsenal, especially coming off a 1-0 victory over Tottenham yesterday.
Thus far the Gunners have only signed Yaya Sanogo and Mathieu Flamini, both on free transfers, but Ozil will be their first world class signing.
After being extremely impressive in the 2010 World Cup for Germany, he joined Madrid for £12.4m as a star signing, and although he wasn’t at his scintillating best in his three years in Spain, he did play 155 times for the club.
Ozil could be the high profile signing Wenger needs to make his side truly believe they can challenge for titles this season, and said a warning to all their league rivals.