Arsenal have agreed a deal with Real Madrid to sign Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil.
The Germany playmaker signed on Monday for 50 million euros ($66 million) as Arsenal produced an emphatic response to the demands of fans. Arsenal has benefited from the ripple effect of Madrid spending 100 million euros to sign Gareth Bale from Tottenham.
Ozil's signing easily outstrips Arsenal's previous largest transfer - 15 million pounds (then $21.3 million) for Andrey Arshavin in 2009.
"It will be great for my own personal development as a player and I am particularly looking forward to working with (manager) Arsene Wenger," said Ozil in a statement. "From our negotiations it is clear the club has huge ambition and I look forward to being part of an exciting future."
Wenger said: "We are extremely pleased to have signed Mesut Ozil. He is a great player, with proven quality at both club and international level. We have watched and admired him for some time, as he has all the attributes I look...