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Mesut Ozil is reportedly in high spirits at Arsenal as he finally closes in on a new contract.
The German playmaker’s future at the club has been under speculation for almost a year.
His current deal expires in less than 12 months, leaving Arsenal fans worried he and fellow star Alexis Sanchez could leave.
Mesut Ozil has apparently been holding out for wages of £350,000 a week.
But with no top sides showing great interest in moving for the World Cup winner, committing to Arsenal seems his best bet.
And according to the Mirror, positive talks have been held recently over an extension.
A breakthrough is said to be looming, which has left Ozil ‘bubbly’ during Arsenal’s pre-season tour.
The Gunners are in the midst of their spell in the Far East, having spent last week in Australia.
While Sanchez is no closer to signing on at Arsenal, Ozil’s mood has suggested he is not in the same boat.
The Mirror add the Gunners are increasingly hopeful they will reach an agreement with him and have offered £280,000 a week.
Arsenal are keen to put the matter to bed as by January 1 Ozil would be able to speak to overseas clubs about a pre-contract as things stand.
Negotiations are now going well, though, following a long stand-off between club and player.
Tying down Ozil long-term would prove another big boost to Arsene Wenger after he committed his own future to Arsenal.
Striker Alexandre Lacazette has already arrived for a club-record fee, and should Ozil seal a deal, the big factors left would be to sort Sanchez’s situation and potentially still land Monaco winger Thomas Lemar.
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