Midfielder Could Be Hard To Shift
Arsenal fear they won’t be able to offload Mesut Ozil on loan in January despite their willingness to pay much of his £350,000-a-week wages.
Reports on Monday claimed the Gunners are ready to move on the 30-year-old who is under contract at the Emirates until 2021.
However, reports today claim that will be easier said than done. Serie A side Inter Milan were interested in January while Turkish outfit Fenerbahce were keen in the summer. Financial considerations scuppered each of those bids.
Ozil failed to make the Arsenal squad that travelled north on Monday to face Manchester United. He has made just two appearances for the side so far this season: the 2-2 Premier League draw at Watford last month and the recent victory over Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup.
Arsenal want to open contract talks with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang over a new deal for the 30-year-old. Aubameyang has already scored seven goals so far this season and the club are ready to offer him a new deal to take him close to Ozil’s wages. However, they need to free up some of the salary they are currently paying the German in order to make that happen.
Arsenal are also ready to open talks with Aubameyang’s strike partner Alexandre Lacazette.