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German legend: €50m Arsenal target Mesut Ozil being sold against his wishes

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German legend Oliver Kahn feels Mesut Ozil is being sold to Arsenal against his wishes.

Arsenal are hoping to tie up a deal for Mesut Ozil before transfer deadline, having agreed a €50 million fee with Real Madrid.

Earlier in the day it was claimed by Spanish newspaper Marca that Ozil would be staying.

Here is what he had to say just five days ago: "I have a contract here until 2016, I have a very good relationship with the team and it is an honour to play here as well.

“I want to win many things here. Whilst it has been reported in the Press that I have received interesting offers, I say that I have a contract with Madrid and I am staying here."

Nevertheless a transfer is progressing with parties negotiating and Ozil having undertaken a medical earlier today in Germany, and he is expected to be handed the vacant number 11 shirt.

German legend Oliver Kahn has been expressing reservation about the transfer, in his column for daily newspaper Bild in his homeland, writing that Ozil is being sold against his wishes.

He writes: "It is no secret that Ozil would have liked to stay in Madrid. Real's coach Ancelotti has decided to choose whether to sacrifice the Argentinean Di Maria or Ozil for Bale.

"The higher (fee) compared to di Maria's fee for Ozil will not have been the only factor. Rather, it is Mesut Ozil who at Madrid failed to make himself indispensable.

"In the last season the German international has scored just nine league goals - in his position directly behind the strikers it is little, especially when you consider that Madrid is a team which regularly shoots over 100 league goals in a season.

"It will be interesting to see whether Ozil will hold its intricate style of play in the English Premier League."

Kahn may be right to express reservation as to whether Ozil can adapt his style of play to the Premier League, but a player as talented as Ozil surely will - as proved with Santi Cazorla last summer.

His criticism of Ozil's goals is a little unfair, especially bearing in mind Ozil is the only player to provide more assists for club and country than Lionel Messi since 2010.

If he is being sold against his wishes, he will have to get over it quickly. For if he is announced imminently, he will be asked to smile for the cameras for his official shots.

Ozil is a professional enough to adapt - football is a business after all, he will be well looked after and well paid in England, but being asked to uproot his family life against his wishes and switch countries within 24 hours is surely enough to upset him slightly.

What do you think of Kahn's comments?

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