Arsenal have been pegged back in their efforts to sell Mesut Ozil to Inter Milan with a player-plus-cash deal, according to reports.
The German playmaker will be out of contract at the end of the current season, after refusing to sign a new deal with the club, despite offering him in lucrative deal to remain at the Emirates; it is understood that the North London club are looking at their chances of making the most of a potential deal next January window.
Reports in the Italian outlet Calciomercato, the Gunners are willing to offer Ozil as a makeweight in a possible deal for Inter Milan midfielder, Joao Mario but the Italian giants will be allowing the deal.
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There are reports that Arsene Wenger is ready to allow the 28-year-old leave next January in a bid to bring in another replacement in the attacking midfielder but Inter are not willing to allow the transfer deal materialise with suggestions that Luciano Spalleti is keen having Mario on his side due to his brilliant displays early on in the Serie A season.
It is also believed that Inter Milan does not rate Mesut Ozil highly and are also unwilling to match his astronomical demands which will include a huge sign-on fee and weekly wage.
The playmaker turned down a £225,000-a-week offer to remain at the Emirates and will look to earn around £270,000-a-week in his next deal which Inter are not ready to pay him.