Arsenal are nearing an agreement over extending the contract of Mesut Özil according to ESPN.

The report claims that the Gunners are ‘confident’ a deal will be reached with the in-form playmaker who has 10 assists in his last 11 Premier League games.

The 27-year-old joined Arsenal on a £42.5 million move from Real Madrid in 2013 and actually still has another two-and-a-half years remaining on his contract but the Gunners wants to tie him down to a long-term deal.

The new deal if signed is likely to make Özil the highest paid player at the club. Özil is already the 12th highest paid footballer in the world when his total earnings are factored in according to Forbes.

The 26-year-old is reported to earn a total of £12.43 million per-season, £8.43 million of which stems from salary and bonuses while £4 million derives from sponsorship which makes him the highest paid Gunners player in the current team.

Özil has been in impressive form for the north London based club and no other player in Europe’s top five leagues has as many assists this season – England, Italy, Spain, Italy, Germany.

The World Cup winner also became the first Premier League player to provide an assist in six consecutive league games this season.

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