Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has dealt Serie A champions Juventus a serious transfer blow by confirming he has no intentions on selling star-asset Mesut Ozil this summer.
Reports emerged over the weekend that The Old Lady were to make a formal move for the German international ahead of next season, but Wenger has poured water over that speculation by confirming he has no plans on selling the midfielder.
Ozil In/Midfielder Out?
Massimiliano Allegri is hoping to be busy in the transfer window, in order to strengthen his squad ahead of next season, and despite already signing a few new faces, in particular in the attacking department, the Italian wants more.
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Ozil is on Allegri's radar, especially if the club lose either Paul Pogba or Arturo Vidal, who are strongly linked with a move to La Liga with FC Barcelona and Real Madrid interested respectively.
If Juve do lose one of the midfielders, Allegri was set to turn to Ozil and launch a formal bid worth around £30million for the 26-year-old.
Wenger Rules out Sale
However, Wenger has damaged Allegri's hopes of signing the World Cup winner by confirming his plans to keep him at the Emirates Stadium for next season.
Wenger said: “Ozil is our player, he will remain our player and he wants to remain our player.
“It is a big season for him because he had a difficult start last year and in the second part of the season he was very important.
“Ozil understands the rhythms of English football and he has improved his defensive attitude. He works hard, and offensively he is a top class player.”
Ozil at Arsenal
The Gunners signed Ozil back in the summer of 2013 from Spanish giants Real Madrid and despite some indifferent performances, the play-maker is still a fan favourite in North London.
The German has helped Arsenal end their trophy drought, by winning two FA Cup's during his time in England.
Arsenal made Ozil their club record transfer when they spent £42.5million on him two years ago, smashing their previous record of just £15m.