14 Nov, 17:00
Atletico Madrid have reportedly made contact with Mesut Ozil over a possible free transfer switch from Arsenal at the end of the season.
The Sun has claimed that Diego Simeone's outfit wants to lure the Germany international to the Wanda Metropolitano stadium when his contract expires at the end of the season.
Ozil is yet to reveal what his plans are with regards to penning - or not penning - a new deal with Arsenal, and time is fast running out with the 28-year-old's contract due to end in June 2018.
Atletico are now primed to make a move for the ex-Real Madrid star with the opportunity to agree a pre-contract agreement due to European football rules
Players are free to chat to foreign parties from January onwards and, with no end in sight with regards to Ozil signing a new improved deal at the Emirates, Los Rojiblancos want to pounce on a rare chance to poach a leading light from a Premier League club.
Arsenal has baulked at Ozil's apparent £300k-a-week wage demands, and would now rather sell him for a cut-price fee in the winter window than allow him to leave for free in seven months' time.
With the January window a mere six weeks away, however, Ozil and his advisers can hold out until then and see what interest is generated to try and force the Gunners' hand if negotiations are ever reopened.
Atletico are supposedly only willing to offer Ozil around £200k-a-week to entice him to Spain's capital, and it would be a massive shock to see him head to the continent for only two-thirds of the salary that he wants.