'Sell Ozil and sign African star'

English Premier League

A former FC Barcelona star has advised Arsenal to sell the club's highest earner Mesut Ozil in order to sign a highly-rated African star who has a reported release clause of £25 million (R433 million).

Ozil, 30, endured a torrid 2018/19 campaign under manager Unai Emery, registering only two Premier League assists in 24 games, while failing to cement a starting berth with the Gunners.

The writing appears to be on the wall for the German playmaker, with Arsenal believed to be keen on parting ways with the superstar and his staggering weekly wage of £350 000 (R6 million). However the club have reportedly struggled to find suitors due to his wage bill.

Marc Overmars, a former Gunners winger who is currently the director of football at Eredivisie outfit Ajax Amsterdam, has now urged Arsenal to sell the former Werder Bremen star and sign Moroccan midfielder Hakim Ziyech as his replacement.

"I am a little surprised that things are still so quiet around Hakim," Overmars told Dutch publication Algemeen Dagblad.

"I think he has played better every year and his statistics are exceptionally good. Many clubs are increasingly looking at that.

"They look more at the numbers than at what he shows and what is happening around him.

"I think Hakim is better than Mesut Ozil. I would say: sell him and you will get Hakim for half, but they didn’t listen to me.

"So it could just be that he stays with Ajax."

Ziyech was influential in Ajax's excellent 2018/19 season, during which they clinched their first double since the 2001/02 campaign, and also reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League.

The 26-year-old made 49 appearances for Ajax last season, finding the back of the net on 21 occasions and registering 24 assists.