Juventus and Inter Milan have both turned down the chance to sign Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, according to reports in Italy.
The Gunners are reportedly keen to offload the German playmaker with the 30-year-old seemingly out of favour under manager Unai Emery.
Ozil’s £350,000 a week salary is said to be the major stumbling block behind any move to Italy with both Inter and Juve believing they cannot afford his wages.
The midfielder has not played for Arsenal since Boxing Day. He had been out with a knee injury but was fit to face West Ham last weekend.
Despite being ready to face the Hammers, Ozil was not in the matchday squad for the 1-0 defeat, with Emery stating after the match that he simply opted for other players:
“I decided the idea of the players that I think are the best for this match. We win with him, we lose with him. I think it is not one player [which means] we can’t win or lose.
“Today the players who were here are the players who deserved to be in this match. We could’ve won or lost. We continue working with every player because they are all important, but today the decision was to come with these players.”
The Gunners have limited resources to sign new players this month, with Emery confirming that the London club are only looking at loan deals. Whether Ozil will be offloaded to free up funds, we shall have to see.