Serie A champions Juventus have emerged as frontrunners in Mesut Ozil chase, according to the Italian press.
The front page of Monday’s edition of Corriere dello Sport is suggesting that German international could be Serie A bound with Bianconeri keen to land the Arsenal playmaker at the end of the season.
Serie A heavyweights are known for their shrewd business sense which has thus far landed them a hatful of high-profile signings on free and Bianconeri now want to add Mesut Ozil on the growing list.
The 29-year-old midfielder has yet to pen a contract renewal at the Emirates and his Arsenal future has been the subject of intense speculation lately.
Ozil appears to have rediscovered his best form for underperforming Gunners who suffered an embarrassing 4-2 defeat at the hands of Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup this weekend. The German, however, took not part in this humiliation as Arsene Wenger continued with his rotation policy.
Nevertheless, the speculation about his departure are growing with Corriere dello Sport acknowledging that Juventus will face serious competition for Mesut Ozil’s signature in the face of Manchester United.
The Old Trafford financial department has apparently given Jose Mourinho the green light to reinforce during winter with Portuguese manager reportedly being handed an £80 million war chest.
Jose Mourinho worked with Ozil at Real Madrid and Manchester United would have no problems matching Ozil’s wage demands, which is one aspect where Juventus won’t be able to compete with the Premier League club.
Corriere dello Sport acknowledge that Ozil may need to lower his €14 million a season demands, whereas the latest rumours have it that Manchester United are already prepared to test Arsenal’s resolve with a £35 million bid this winter.
Wenger himself would rather sell his midfielder to a foreign club but could still be tempted to cash in on Ozil and avoid risk losing him on a free transfer next summer.