Mesut Ozil has reportedly offered to leave £7million on the table at Arsenal so he can cut his contract short and leave this January.
The German, who earns a staggering £350,000-a-week, is scheduled to earn this huge amount between now and the end of his current contract in June.
But Ozil, who has been criticised for earning so much money, despite playing no football at Arsenal, is apparently willing to walk away from the cash for the benefit of his future.
According to The Athletic, Ozil is in talks with Arsenal about an early termination.
If a compromise can't be reached, however, then the World Cup winner will have to see out the rest of his contract at Arsenal before leaving the club on a free.
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The update suggests Ozil isn't money-orientated like has been claimed in the past, and that he is keen to crack on with his career in football.
Arsenal legend Ian Wright recently leaped to the defence of Ozil, hitting out at those who have criticised him for earning so much money.
Wright reminded critics that the German not only earned the club-record salary, but was offered it by Arsenal, he didn't demand it.
"It's so sad, Mesut needs to be playing," said Wright on on Wrighty's House podcast.
"Whatever people say about how he plays and what's happened, I'm really f****** upset with the people who are continually talking about his money.
"Money that we paid him. Money that no one in their right mind is going to turn down. Money that for him and his ability at the time and what he was supposedly going to do for us – he was worth that to us.
"OK it's not worked out how it should have been but Mesut is very much within his right to do what he's doing and it still pains me to know that we've had a player of that calibre and ability and we've not been able to get what we need to get out of him. For him to perform.
"We've not been able to do it, whatever the manager, they've got to, somewhere along the line they've got to take that on board as well. Because that ability should be playing, and I hope he does get to play."
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