Ausilio was reiterating comments from club president Erick Thohir last week who expressed an interest in the 28 year old but had major reservations about making major signings in the January transfer window.
Speaking to Premium Sport (quotes via the Sun), the sporting director did not rule out a potential move for the German international, but he said he doesn’t think that the Gunners will let Ozil leave:
“We are studying our squad, we have scouts everywhere and they look at every kind of player. I don’t think players like him (Ozil) will be leaving in January. Luciano Spalletti knows this team has room from improvement, that’s what we are working on.”
Ozil will have six months to run on his contract in January unless he signs a new deal before then. At the turn of the year, he will be able to talk to foreign clubs about a potential free transfer move next summer, and it is possible Inter will look to sign the playmaker on a pre-contract agreement rather than offer a transfer fee to Arsenal.