Despite the contrasting claims suggesting Inter Milan have turned down the opportunity to sign Mesut Ozil in a part exchange deal for Joao Mario, Serie A giants still have the Arsenal star and World Cup winner on their radar.
The 28-year-old Gunners star is heading toward the end of his contract with the north London club and will be a free agent at the end of the season.
Arsenal have already offered their key man a new deal worth around £275,000 per week, but Ozil is said to be holding out for £350,000.
With no indication that Germany international is willing to tie himself down to a new deal at the Emirates at this point, Gunners could decide to cash in on the World Cup winner rather than lose him for free next summer.
According to reports coming from ESPN, Arsenal could be willing to listen to offers from Inter Milan.
In the meantime, however, Inter Milan president Erik Thohir was quoted telling the Indonesian media outlet Bolabob that he was not sure if Ozil will leave in January. He did refuse to deny the interest in the German international however.
“We are looking into how to reinforce the squad and we are still looking into which players we wish to sign. We have a lot of good scouts everywhere. I am not sure if Ozil will leave Arsenal in January but it is clear that Luciano Spalletti knows which players are needed to improve the performances of the squad.”, he said.
Inter Milan have been heavily linked with another Arsenal player – Theo Walcott – whereas they are also contemplating a loan move for Jiangsu Suning star Alex Teixeira.
Should a winter switch to Inter Milan fail to go through, Mesut Ozil could still remain in the Premier League, with his former Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho reportedly keen to bring him over to Old Trafford.
Arsenal would rather sell their key player abroad than let him leave for a Premier League rival, but with Ozil’s contract situation not getting any clearer they might end up with their hands tied behind their backs.