MLS club arrange meeting with Arsenal to discuss deal for No.10 star

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DC United are reportedly set to hold negotiations with Arsenal over a potential move for Mesut Ozil as the MLS outfit look for a replacement for the former England captain Wayne Rooney.

The Englishman is set to depart America in January, taking up a player-coach role at EFL Championship side Derby County.

The Washington outfit are looking for a big name successor to replace Rooney and Mesut has been identified as a potential contender.

The Mirror reports that officials from the Premier League and MLS clubs will meet in Washington next week for the first stage of talks over a potential deal.

However, Mesut’s enormous £350,000 per week wages may prove prohibitive to any deal taking him to Black-and-Red, or any other club.

Wayne reportedly only earned around £85,000 per week in Washington, so it’s far from a straight swap to replace his wages with Mesut’s.

The Germany international is contracted at the club until 2021, so would still have 18 months left on his deal at the Emirates when DC United would be looking to do a deal in the winter of 2020, when Rooney departs.

Mesut is unlikely to accept an enormous wage decrease to switch to America with a year-and-a-half left on his deal in north London.

Also being considered by the MLS club is former Liverpool and Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli, who is currently without a club.

The Italian star left Marseille at the end of last campaign but is yet to find a new club, despite scoring eight goals in just 12 matches for his last club.

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