Mesut Ozil’s agent has revealed the outrageous amount the midfielder rejected to sign a new deal at Arsenal, according to the Mirror.
The former German international midfielder was set to leave the Emirates following a long contract standoff before the Gunners broke their wage structure to agree a £350k a week deal to keep him at the club.
However even that huge salary didn’t come close to what he was offered elsewhere, with his agent Dr Erkut Sogut reporting that he turned down a £1 million a week offer from China.
Sogut revealed that the player was unfazed by the money on offer and wanted to remain in North London instead.
“We had some really big offers from Asia, there were some crazy offers. But for Mesut, money was by no means the biggest factor,” he said.
“Money is definitely one important thing to consider, but people must remember that footballing ability is just one aspect of a contract negotiation. The commercial impact of a footballer is crucial nowadays.
“His market is worldwide. The club makes money out of these players as well, but it came down to what was in his heart.
“We were free to sign with other clubs and in the end Mesut loves the club. I put everything to him and he just said, ‘This is my home, I want to be here’.”
Ozil has been in imperious form this season under new manager Unai Emery and will have left most Arsenal fans grateful he signed a new deal.Follow Football News Arena on Facebook and Twitter for the latest transfer news, injury news, team news and rumours from across the major Leagues in Europe and around the World.