Arsenal in talks to sign Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid

By David OrnsteinBBC Sport
Mesut Ozil

Arsenal are in advanced talks to sign Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil following Gareth Bale's world-record move to the Spanish giants.

The Germany international, 24, joined Real from Werder Bremen three years ago for a fee believed to be around £12.4m and has played 155 times for the club.

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On Wednesday, he pledged his future to the Bernabeu side.

The Gunners are also working on other deals, including a move for Palermo and Italy keeper Emiliano Viviano, 27.

With the transfer deadline at 23:00 BST on Monday, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has made only two signings - striker Yaya Sanogo, 20, and midfielder Mathieu Flamini, 29, arriving on free transfers.

The club are also interested in Ozil's team-mates, Karim Benzema and Angel Di Maria, and Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye.

This summer the Gunners have failed in high-profile attempts to sign Liverpool striker Luis Suarez and Gonzalo Higuain, another Real Madrid player.

It is believed Bale's £85.3m switch from Tottenham to Real could trigger a busy day of deals on the transfer window's final day.