Arsenal are to re-open talks with Mesut Ozil ahead of the January transfer window over ending his £350,000-per-week contract early.
The Gunners, it is understood, approached Ozil about reaching a settlement agreement for the final nine months of his contract over the past fortnight but the attempts proved unsuccessful.
Ozil is said to want virtually all the remaining £13million on his deal.
It is now hugely unlikely that Ozil will agree to an early exit from Arsenal before the transfer window re-opens in January.
Being without a club during the current period poses obvious problems for players with regards to training.
But the Gunners are ready to make another offer to the World Cup winner with a view to removing him from their wage bill in January.
The prospect of Ozil playing much first-team football before then look remote.
UEFA have already confirmed the German’s omission from Arsenal’s Europa League squad, while Ozil is expected to be left out of the club’s 25-man Premier League party.