According to Calciomercato via talkSPORT, Inter Milan have passed down the chance to sign Arsenal and Germany playmaker Mesut Ozil. The Serie A outfit were linked with a part exchange move that would see Joao Mario heading to the Emirates, but it now seems Inter will pursue other targets.
Ozil is in the last year of his contract with Arsenal, having so far rejected an extension. The 28-year-old had some fleeting interest in his signature over the summer, but suitors failed to match his £40m price tag and lofty wage demands.
Inter are keen to keep Mario at the club, but they could agree a pre-contract deal with Ozil in January, as per the bosman ruling. Arsenal look resigned to losing the German midfield either in January or the following summer and would surely prefer to make some money before the player loses all his value in June.
However, Arsenal could struggle to make back the £42.5m paid to sign him from Real Madrid years previously as clubs are likely to let his contract run down rather than lodge a bid now. And the playmaker’s reported £250k-per-week wage demands could also prove a stumbling block.
Ozil is set to miss out on the Gunners’ Europa League clash on Thursday. Arsenal are 4/7 to win against BATE Borisov this week. His future for the time being appears to be at the Emirates.