Mesut Ozil, Arsenal star has reportedly received a huge £8m loyalty bonus despite not playing this season.
Mesut Ozil has not played a game for Arsenal for several months.
But the Gunners are still counting the cost of their inability to offload the German playmaker.
According to The Athletic, Ozil was paid a loyalty bonus amounting to £8million at the end of September.
The north London club splashed the cash to land Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid back in 2013, when he signed a long term deal for a £42.5million fee.
The German playmaker is the club’s highest earner, on£ 350,000 a week, but has not featured for Mikel Arteta’s side since March 7, pre-lockdown.
Mesut Ozil has not even been named in a matchday squad yet this season but as a result of his new contract signed in January 2018.
The 31-year-old who was their record signing when he moved from Real Madrid for £42.5m in 2013,
With the Gunners reportedly saving money with appearances bonuses not currently being met.
His contact appearance-related bonuses, which he is not receiving while on the sidelines.
Whether he plays again for Arsenal remains to be seen.
Having already been left out of the Europa League squad, he could find himself out of Arsenal’s Premier League squad.
Arsenal will submit their squad list ahead of October 20 once the domestic transfer window has shut.
Where could Mesut Ozil Go Next?
His skill as a ballplayer and penetrative passer is certainly not in question and there are a number of clubs around the globe in need of his assets right now.
His potential post- Arsenal destinations could include:
Inter or AC Millan: Serie A is renowned for providing longevity to aging stars with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, and others still performing at a high level there.
Ozil reportedly sees this as a ” dream move” and it might well happen in January.
A return to Germany; Mesut Ozil. The midfielder started his career moving to Wender Bremen and earning his big breakthrough