As reported by the Mirror, AC Milan and Inter Milan are both heavily interested in signing Arsenal’s outcast Mesut Ozil.
Ozil made only three appearances in all competitions this season and his relationship with manager Unai Emery is said to be severely damaged. He hasn’t even been named on the bench for the last several games, and Emery explained it more than once, saying that it was a decision unrelated to his fitness and that other players, those that were included, deserved it more than Ozil.
The attacking midfielder has certainly gone past the point of no return on the path he has taken, and things seem to have come to that place where the club would be very much willing to get the expense of his wages, amounting to no less than £350,000 per week, off their backs.
Those wages, the Mirror quote sources in Italy, could turn out to be a stumbling block for Milan and Inter as well. In order to avoid that happening, Arsenal will likely have to continue paying a part of the sum every week to get one of the two potential suitors to take Ozil on board, and it’s becoming painfully clear that the Gunners would be willing to do that, at least from January to the end of the season.
It seems another sad end to a player’s Emirates career is inevitable, not quite like that of Alexis Sanchez (with whom Ozil would be playing again if he joins Inter), but equally unsettling. It’s a shame that a player who scored 43 goals in 233 games for the club and help win three FA Cups since his €50 million move from Real Madrid in 2013, but there can be no real doubt that the player himself is to blame.
Commenting on a question about the number 10 position losing its significance in modern football and comparing the cases of Ozil and James Rodriguez a few months ago, Spanish journalist Guillem Balague said that while James was struggling to adapt to coming into the position from out wide (but working on it), Ozil simply wasn’t putting enough effort into what was asked of him.