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Mesut Ozil ‘demands £330,000 a week from Barcelona’

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is said to be demanding wages of £330,000 a week in order to move to Barcelona in January.

Barcelona has been heavily linked with the German international and reports suggest that the catalan giants have made Arsenal an offer of £17m in order to bring the playmaker to Camp Nou in January, viewing him as a cut-price alternative to Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho

The 29-year-old – formerly of Barca’s fierce rivals Real Madrid – is out of contract at the Emirates at the end of this season and has refused to sign fresh terms, despite the Gunners reportedly offering him around double his current weekly wage of £140,000.

According to Catalunya Radio, Ozil’s representatives are demanding a pay packet of £330,000 a week if he agrees to the switch, as well as the promise of a three-year contract and a number of add-ons and bonuses.

A contrasting report has cast doubt on the potential transfer, however, suggesting that Barca frontman Lionel Messi has instructed the club not to bring in Ozil due to concerns over his commitment and work ethic.

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