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Serie A giants confirm intention to swoop for Mesut Ozil in January

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After a shaky start to the season, things are beginning to look a little more rosy for Arsenal.

Two consecutive defeats at Stoke and Liverpool, the latter a 4-0 battering, and the lack of any further signings to add to Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac had Gunners' fans in deep worry.

However, they have now kept three consecutive clean sheets in the Premier League, including a battling 0-0 draw at champions Chelsea, and have won both Europa League games and progressed in the Carabao Cup.

With the performances seeming to come together on the field, there are still worries off of it, though.

The main issue concerns the looming expiry of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil's contracts, arguably the two biggest names at the club.

And it has emerged this week that Inter Milan are very interested in taking German star Ozil to the San Siro.

The midfielder is free to speak to foreign clubs about a pre-contract deal from January, meaning Arsenal could lose their previous record signing for absolutely nothing.

Talks between the North London club and Ozil over a new contract have stalled, with the former Real Madrid man believed to be requesting around £300,000-a-week to extend his four-year stay in the capital.

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Inter president Erick Thohir confirmed the Italian club's interest in the player this week, but didn't appear to be too hopeful based on their previous dealings in the January window.

"He [Ozil] is definitely one of those players we are looking at," he said.

"But the last January signings of Podolski and Shaqiri proves winter signings can fail to live up to expectations."


There were rumours that Inter were prepared to involve Joao Mario, a Euro 2016-winning midfielder with Portugal, to try and sweeten the deal, but that now appears not to be the case.

Ozil didn't travel with the Arsenal squad to Belarus in the week for their 4-2 win over BATE Borisov in the Europa League, as he tries to rebuild his fitness following injury.

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