Mesut Ozil opens talks with DC United over replacing Wayne Rooney after Arsenal star’s knife-attack horror

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DC UNITED have reportedly held talks with Mesut Ozil’s agent over an MLS switch.

The capital club need a marquee player to replace Derby-bound Wayne Rooney for next season.

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And Ozil, 30, is on their radar with Ergut Sogut his representative in DC discussing a move, according to the Washington Post.

He reportedly met DC United executives Jason Levien and Sam Porter for a tour of their Audi Field home and proposed new training facility.

Ozil and team-mate Sead Kolasanic have returned to training after being excused by the Gunners over “security fears”.

And Unai Emery is hopeful both can feature against Burnley this weekend.

He said: “Yes [I’m] 100 per cent [confident]. One hundred per cent with them. Their mentality, their focus is with us, for training and matches.

“I want to help them to live with normality with us, training, thinking and focusing on each training and each match.”

Ozil, 30, would have to take a pay-cut on his £350,000-a-week wages to move to the MLS.

LA Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the league’s top earner on a base wage of about £115k a week.


Any deal would make Ozil the big-name signing the DC United fans would expect following Rooney’s departure back to England.

The striker, 33, has been convinced to move back to the UK by wife Coleen, who wants their four boys to grow up closer their home in Cheshire.

But he will stay at the MLS side for the rest of their season before heading to Derby as player-coach.

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