Mesut Ozil has sealed a spectacular 40 million pound move to Arsenal after signing a five-year contract, Goal understands.
The Gunners have smashed their transfer record to land the Germany international, who underwent the second part of his medical in Munich on Monday after agreeing personal terms with the club.
Goal has learned that Ozil has signed a deal worth £130,000-a-week that will run until 2018 after Real Madrid gave the green light to his departure.
He will comfortably become Arsenal’s highest-paid player as well as the club’s record signing, after Arsene Wenger sanctioned the first £20m-plus transfer in their history.
For the majority of people in Germany Mesut Ozil’s move to Arsenal has come as a huge surprise. Arsenal is a well-respected club in Germany but is no longer considered in the same class as Manchester United, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich or Barcelona.
However, with the World Cup coming up next summer it is essential Ozil is playing first team football on a regular basis as he is a fundamental part of the national team. Certainly his arrival will be a massive signing for the Gunners – this is a game-changing move from Arsene Wenger.
- Hassan Talib Haji | Goal Germany
Goal revealed on Sunday that Arsenal was in advanced discussions with Real to sign Ozil before Monday night’s transfer deadline.
The two clubs agreed a £40m fee before Ozil’s representatives began discussing personal terms with senior Arsenal officials.
An agreement was reached late on Monday morning, as was revealed by Goal, before Ozil underwent medical tests in Germany, where he had been based as the national team prepare for their forthcoming World Cup qualifiers.
Arsenal is hoping to sign at least three players on deadline day as the club tries to make amends for a frustrating summer of transfer activity at the club.
Goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano has already had a medical, which he passed on Monday morning, and has agreed the terms of a season-long loan from Palermo. Arsenal is also in talks with Chelsea about a season-long loan move for Demba Ba.
The Gunners have still not abandoned hope of signing Angel Di Maria, also from Real, for £25.8m.
The Gunners tabled a £25.6m bid for Di Maria last week and the offer is still believed to be on the table. However, the Argentine winger has begun the season in impressive form and is reluctant to cut his ties with the Bernabeu.
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