Having kept quiet about his future throughout the summer, Mesut Özil, 28, find his future at the the centre of attention. After a week of ‘will he, won’t he?’, Inter Milan finally admitted that they are very interested in taking the German international to the San Siro next summer.
The Nerrazzurri’s president Eric Thohir is reported by the Daily Mirror as claiming that “Özil is definitely one of those players we are looking at.”
Inter though are cautious about rushing into the deal. Thohir pointed out that the club had been stung in the past with bad decisions, pointing to Lukas Podolski and Xherdan Shaqiri as two examples of the mistakes they made.
Özil can talk to foreign clubs from January and despite continuous rumours of Turkish Super Lig clubs wanting to take the German international to his family roots – he is of Turkish extraction – none are ready to meet his wage demands of nearly £300k per week.
Arsenal offer him a new deal worth £280k per week but talks stalled in February and have not resumed in earnest since. Arsène Wenger recently admitted that while he hoped to keep the German, it seemed unlikely he will stay at the Emirates.
While it’s believed he favours reuniting with former Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, foreign clubs have a major headstart in negotiations.