Mesut Ozil is undergoing an Arsenal medical in Germany after agreeing personal terms with the club, Goal can reveal.
The Germany international will become the Gunners' club-record signing when the formalities of the £40 million deal are completed later on Monday.
Goal understands Ozil has been given the green light by Arsenal to take his medical tests in Germany, as he is with the national team ahead of their World Cup qualifiers this weekend.
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Goal exclusively revealed on Sunday that the London club were in advanced talks with Real to capture Ozil for £40m and that the deal hinged upon convincing the player to move to north London.
The breakthrough in talks late on Monday morning means Ozil will now join Arsenal in a deal that more than doubles their previous record transfer outlay.
As revealed by Goal, goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano has already had a medical, which he passed on Monday morning, and has agreed the terms of a season-long loan from Palermo. Arsenal are also working on a loan deal for Chelsea striker Demba Ba and are still in the running to capture Angel Di Maria, also from Real, for £25.8m.
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Mesut Ozil is adored by Real Madrid fans and many are unhappy about his likely departure, but the summer signings of Isco and Gareth Bale, plus the excellent form of Luka Modric and Angel Di Maria, mean the German has been squeezed out of the picture at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Ozil has been played out of position on the right by coach Carlo Ancelotti, asked to defend more and was furious as he left the pitch as a second-half substitute in the 1-0 win at Granada last weekend.
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The Gunners tabled a £25.6m bid for Di Maria last week and are still waiting to hear from Real if it has been accepted. The Argentine winger has begun the season in impressive form and is reluctant to cut his ties with the Bernabeu.
However, Ozil was left on the bench for Real’s 3-1 win on Sunday after being substituted during the 1-0 win at Granada six days previously, which he reacted to by storming down the tunnel and onto the team bus.
Asked about overlooking Ozil in favour of Di Maria on Sunday, Ancelotti said: “It’s to be expected that he’s not happy. I don’t like players who are happy to be on the bench. It was a football decision to play Di Maria, who is playing well and with great intensity".
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