Arsenal are considering selling Mesut Ozil in a cut-price deal to Inter Milan.
The 30-year German playmaker has found it hard to adapt to life under new manager Unai Emery, and has found himself out of the squad in recent weeks, although the official explanation for his absence is that he is suffering from back spasms.
Nevertheless, amongst persistent rumours of a training ground bust-up between the former German international and his new boss, there is a strong feeling that the languid manner of Ozil does not fit the high tempo style of football that Emery is trying to get his team to play.
There is also a suggestion that Arsenal are keen to get Ozil’s weekly salary of £350,000 of their books, in order to free-up funds for further investment in their squad.
Now, according to The Sun, Ozil’s representatives, including his brother Mutlu, are on the verge of starting negotiations with Inter Milan this week, with a view to securing a January transfer.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.