Mesut Ozil has reportedly set Barcelona a two-week deadline to decide whether they plan to sign him during the January transfer window, reports the Daily Mirror.
The German playmaker, 29, has just six months left to run on his existing contract at the Emirates and is supposedly a target for both Manchester United and Barcelona.
It’s believed the Gunners have already offered a £275,000-a-week deal to Ozil, with Arsene Wenger hopeful he can keep the services of the German international beyond next summer.
However, Ozil appears to be keeping his options open as he has yet to agree a new deal with the Gunners and is said to be keen on a move to the Nou Camp.
With only six months left on his contract, Ozil is free to negotiate with other clubs from January 1st, and his representatives have already begun talks with Barcelona, according to Mundo Deportivo.
Ozil’s agent, Erkut Sogut, is thought to have been given permission to negotiate a deal with Barcelona from Arsenal’s new sporting director Raul Sanllehi.
Barcelona appear keen to recruit a new playmaker after failing to land Liverpool’s Phillipe Coutinho during the summer window, and Ozil looks to be another possible candidate for the job.