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Inter will only sign Mesut Ozil this January transfer window if Arsenal agree to pay half of the German’s wages, reports say. Ozil has seen his playing time decreased since the arrival of Unai Emery, with reports claiming the playmaker is not in the Arsenal boss’ long-term plans. Arsenal submitted to Ozil’s incredible wage demands a year ago and the £350,000 a week the 30-year-old earns is proving a problem for his potential suitors.
The Daily Star claim Inter are interested in taking Ozil on loan, but cannot afford to cover his wages. Inter have told Arsenal they will take Ozil to Italy, but only if the Gunners pay half of his salary. While Arsenal has struggled at times to create chances, Ozil has started just 12 of the Gunners’ 23 Premier League matches this season.
A combination of team selection and injuries have kept Ozil sidelined and reports continue to build that Emery wants to offload the club’s highest earner. Arsenal are hunting for the addition of two forwards before the close of the transfer window on Thursday. Talks with Barcelona over the loan signings of Denis Suarez and Malcom continue, while Arsenal are also in negotiations with Inter about Ivan Perisic.
Inter rejected a loan approach, but talks will continue on Monday as Arsenal push to provide more attacking options for Emery. The bid to bring in new faces has proven difficult for Arsenal as the club can only sign players on loan due to financial restrictions. Arsenal would also like to sign a defender before Thursday with a host of defensive injuries and the news right-back Hector Bellerin will miss the rest of the season.