Football: Mesut Ozil on verge of new Gunners deal that will make him club's top earner

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil in action at the International Champions Cup in Shanghai, China on July 19, 2017.
Arsenal's Mesut Ozil in action at the International Champions Cup in Shanghai, China on July 19, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS

London (AFP) - Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil is close to signing a new contract with the Gunners, according to British media reports on Friday.

The German World Cup winner's deal runs out at the end of the 2017/18 season, but Arsenal are confident of wrapping up negotiations in the next couple of weeks.

According to reports, the terms for the 28-year-old's proposed new deal are around £280,000 (S$496,200) a week, which would make him the club's top earner, although it is believed that Ozil was originally holding out for closer to £350,000.

Ozil and Chile international forward Alexis Sanchez have both been linked with moves away from Emirates Stadium this summer, with Sanchez attracting interest from some of Europe's biggest clubs.

Ozil signed for the north Londoners in a £42.5 million deal from Real Madrid in 2013.