Italian newspaper Leggo is reporting that Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil abruptly broke off contract negotiations with the Gunners last weekend, which could mean that the German international will be sold in January.
Inter Milan are currently the front runners to sign the 29 year old, and Leggo reports that the withdrawal from contract talks could prompt a bid from the Serie A side when the transfer window reopens.
One of the biggest challenges for the Nerrazurri will be Ozil’s wages. Leggo say that the midfielder is requesting €10m a season (£8.97m), but that seems well below the reports in the UK which suggest a figure closer to £17m; nearly double what Inter believe he will demand.
Last week, comments from Ozil’s agent Dr Erkut Sogut suggested negotiations over a new deal were progressing well, but it seems something may have changed since then. The player came in for fresh criticism last weekend for his role in Tom Cleverley’s winning goal for Watford, and his poor performances so far this campaign have raised doubts about his commitment to the club.