Arsenal will ‘combat’ Manchester United’s interest in Germany playmaker Mesut Ozil, 28, by moving for their England winger Jesse Lingard, 23 – according to The Sun on Sunday.
The paper claims Arsenal are ready to swoop for the England winger, 23, who will be out of contract at Old Trafford in 18 months time. Lingard has held talks over a new deal at Old Trafford, but has so far been unable to agree terms on a new deal.
It’s claimed in The Sun that Arsenal are willing to double the money Lingard is currently being offered at United – and pay him an incredible £120,000 a week to move to north London.
It says ‘Arsene Wenger will have no problem offering one of England’s brightest young talents the hefty six-figure weekly wage’.
Ozil, meanwhile, they claim continues to be monitored by Manchester United and will plot a move to sign him should his contract saga with Arsenal drag out until the summer.
It claims they believe they’ll be able to sign him for a vastly-reduced fee by then and will offer him wages of £300,000 a week to switch to Old Trafford.
Quite how the paper thinks that Arsenal moving for Lingard will ‘combat’ United’s reported interest in Ozil is something of a mystery though as neither deals are intrinsically linked – and it doesn’t take a genius to work out which of these two clubs would be the happier should the players trade clubs.