A new name in the frame to sign Mesut Ozil

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Atletico boss Diego Simeone is said to be keen on offering the German about £200 000 (R3.8 million) a week, including a massive signing-on fee, to secure his signature on a pre-contract in January.

Atletico Madrid could be the club to rescue the Germany global from Arsenal's clutches, according to the Express, but only if their own talented midfielder Saul Niguez makes the switch to Manchester United.

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.

Arsenal are desperate to offload the German global, who becomes a free agent next summer, and has so far given no indication he is willing to sign a new deal with the Premier League side.

Antoine Griezmann made no secret last summer of his desire to join Manchester United, with the player's repeated media hints making things absolutely obvious. The only other club who have been linked is Turkish club Besiktas.

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The Chilean forward tried to force through a move to Manchester City during the summer transfer window but the transfer broke down, while French giants Paris Saint-Germain are also reported to be interested in his services.

The future of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil has been a long running saga, but today there is a new name in the frame to sign him.

"I have always said that the fact we didn't find an agreement past year doesn't mean the player will necessarily leave", he was reported as saying.

Ozil has reportedly asked the Gunners for a £330,000 a-week deal but has yet to strike a deal.