we begin this week’s episode at arsenal where Mesut Özil’s career looks as good as over, the German playmaker has been left out of the gunners 25 man Premier League squad meaning he won’t be able to play for the club until February at the very earliest, that would mark nearly a year since his last appearance for the side which came back in March before the Premier League suspension, and you’d have to go back to june for the last time he even made the bench.
Sokratis had also been left out and manager Michael Arteta confirmed he had spoken with both players face to face about the decision. with the pair falling victim to rules which stipulate clubs can’t have more than 17 non-homegrown players over the age of 21 in their squad, and with them both also ruled out of featuring in the Europa League group stage their futures at the Emirates don’t look very bright
Ozil is of course Arsenal’s highest-paid player on an estimated 350 000 pounds a week but with his contract up in the summer the world cup winner’s seven-year stay in north London is drawing to a close. last week some papers reported that he had received offers from clubs in Saudi Arabia where he would no doubt receive a very decent pay packet.
it’s the story that never goes away and while we’re bound to see a ton more speculation in the coming months the latest talk about Kylian Mbappé situation at PSG doesn’t bode well for fans of the French champions. as we know the 21-year-old contract at the Parc des Princes runs out in 2022 meaning that without an extension he could force the club to sell him for a cut-price in next summer’s window.
a report this week from french publications suggests that the former Monaco man is reluctant to sign a new deal as Barcelona, Juventus, Real Madrid, and Liverpool weigh up moves for the world’s most coveted talent.
of those four Madrid and Liverpool look like the favorites to sign him with Mbappé heaping praise on Jurgen Klopp’s project to Anfield in interviews as well as exchanging compliments with Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane who is clearly very keen for him to come to the Bernabeu.
but while the allure of playing for the Premier League and la Liga chance is no doubt huge PSG still have time to bring and Mbappé round and having missed out narrowly on the champions league this summer the Frenchman may feel he has unfinished business in his home city, and even if he’s willing to run his contract down his price tag next summer is still estimated to be around 200 million euros with reports last week even suggesting that Juve were considering offering 390 million-plus Cristiano Ronaldo to force PSG’s hand,
meanwhile, Mbappé teammate Neymar whose contract is also up in two summer’s time could be open to staying at the Parc des Prince with Parisien also reporting on his situation. the club are yet to open talks with him over a new deal but apparently the Brazilian star now sees his long-term future as being in the league earn.