Arsenal have been provided with an update on the future of top earner Mesut Ozil that leaves little room for manoeuvre.
Frozen out by former boss Unai Emery, Ozil was seemingly out of the doghouse under Mikel Arteta.
However, despite initial strides into the first-team, Ozil did not play a single minute of league action since the restart.
Earning a reported £350,000 per week, the situation has left the club in a tricky predicament.
Potential loan moves with subsidises wages have been touted, but no concrete offers have yet materialised.
Ozil’s treatment at the hands of Arsenal was roundly criticised by one club legend recently. But with Arsenal appearing to make progress under Arteta, an Ozil reprieve next season is unlikely to be forthcoming.
Ridding the books of Ozil’s salary would appear to be the ideal scenario for Arsenal. But the player’s agent’s latest comments have laid waste to that possibility.
“He has a contract. There is no change. He will remain in Arsenal.”
Ozil’s contract at The Emirates expires in 12 months’ time, and Sogut is almost certain that his future will then lay away from Arsenal.
“90 per cent [he] will leave Arsenal in 2021,” he added. “Mesut to Asia, America or Turkey? Yes, maybe.”
Arsenal, Liverpool on future superstar hunt
Meanwhile, The Gunners have been joined by The Reds in the race to secure one of the brightest goalkeeping prospects in European football.
The Reds are expected to preside over a relatively subdued summer window.
Likewise, The Gunners aren’t predicted to be one of the league’s big spenders, meaning deals under the radar for potential future superstars could become a staple of their summers.
One such example could be in the case of 17-year-old goalkeeper Ricardo van der Laan.
The Portuguese Under-18’s goalkeeper has begun to attract the attention of elite clubs worldwide. And despite his tender age, has already broken through into current club Belenenses’ Under-23 team.
Four appearances were made this season, and Van der Laan was even handed a spot on the bench of the first-team as the season drew to a close.