MESUT OZIL SPARK BIDDING WAR BETWEEN TWO EUROPEAN GIANTS:
Arsenal’s midfielder Mesut Ozil whose contract runs out at the end of the season and has refused a substantial pay rise from the Gunners to renew his expiring contract has sparked a bidding war between Inter Milan and Manchester United.
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Inter Milan President Erick Thohir last week confirmed Inter’s interest in Ozil but expressed potential concerns over the deal. Erick Thohir is concerned about possible Arsenal resistance to sell mid-season and also considering the logic behind paying for a player Inter could possibly get for free in 6 months from January.
On Bosman rule, Mesut Ozil will be eligible to talk to Inter Milan from January and even legally agree on a pre-contract terms ahead of a July free transfer, but Inter Milan is not willing to take that risk because another big club is eyeing Ozil.
Manchester United is interested in the talented Arsenal midfielder and is equally hoping to sign him for free, but Inter Milan has an advantage over Manchester United because Inter can start negotiating with Ozil in January while Manchester can only approach Ozil in July.
Inter will be looking to seize this time advantage and sweep in for Ozil in January.
Ozil’s contract stalemate at Arsenal comes down to money, it is reported that Ozil is demanding for wages in region of £350/week while Arsenal’s offer is about £250k/week, some major difference in the two side, hence Arsenal face a major decision to sell Ozil in January if there is no prospect of him extending his contract rather than allow him to walk for free in July.
TIME RUNNING DOWN ON THEO WALCOTT’S ARSENAL’S CAREER:
Arsenal striker Theo Walcott time at the club is only but numbered.
Walcott who arrived from Southampton as a teenager in January 2006 for £12.5m has played 267 Premier League games for the gunners and scored 65 goals with 43 assists in his 12 seasons so far, but he has seen his chances in the team limited further in the team, a situation that does not seem to be improving.
The forward is now considering his future at the club and the two usual suspects, EVERTON and WEST HAM are on hand to lend him an escape from his Arsenal hell.
Arsene Wenger is equally reported to be willing to sell him in January if suitable offers come in for the English player.
Walcott is one of the highest earning players in the Arsenal squad on a £110k/week and has 18 months left on his current contract.
ARSENAL TARGETS PETER CECH REPLACEMENT:
Arsenal football club is reported to be targetting Atletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.
The 23-year-old is also a target for Real Madrid but Atletic Bilbao is reported to have agreed on an extension worth £2.7m per annum with the talented Spaniard.
In any case, if Arsenal buys Kepa Arrizabalaga, it will be a potential long-term replacement for current Arsenal number Peter Cech, who at 35 years of age is still very much at the top of his game.
ARSENAL OWNERSHIP POWER STRUGGLE:
Arsenal majority shareholder Stan Kroenke is bidding to buy the shares held by the 2nd majority shareholder Alisher Usmanov.
Historically, it has been the other way round, Usmanov has always indicated his interest in becoming the majority shareholder or even take total control of the club ownership, a situation that would definitely end the reign of Manager Arsene Wenger, but it has now emerged, as reported by ARSEBLOG, the American majority shareholder Stan Kroenke has now tabled an offer of £28k per share for 30% of Usmanov 30.4% shares.
Kroenke currently holds 67% of the club’s share with the rest belonging to minority shareholders.
USMANOV REPLIES KROENKE:
Alisher Usmanov has now released a STATEMENT in response to Stan Kroenke’s bid which effectively interprets as an outright refusal of any such offer from Kroenke or a total denial of any such approach.
“In recent days there has been speculation relating to a possible offer for my 30% stake in Arsenal. As part of that I can understand the anxiety that these rumours are causing to the fans as reflected by the Arsenal Supporters Trust.
In light of this, I would like to be clear that I am not holding any talks with Mr Kroenke about a sale. My interest in Arsenal from the beginning was long term and my intention has always been to buy additional shares should they become available.
This I did with the purchase of the stake of my business partner Farhad Moshiri with which I increased my shareholding from 15% to 30%, and also with my proposed offer for the stake of the majority shareholder which valued the Club at some £2bn. That offer remains valid today.
I have always been and will continue to be an ardent supporter of Arsenal and I see my 30% stake as an important aspect in protecting the best interests of the fans in the Club.
It has been well documented that I have no say in the running of the club, that my views differ from those of the majority shareholder and that I would take a different approach to delivering footballing success.
I would like to assure supporters that I am open to various future scenarios: a constructive partnership with the majority shareholder, the purchase of his stake either alone or in a consortium, or if a party appears who shares my and undoubtedly the majority of fans’ vision for the club, I could consider the question of selling my stake.”