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Italian giants Inter Milan are understood to be preparing an audacious swap deal to land Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil. The German international who is into his last year of his contract at the Emirates has been linked with a host of top European clubs, with the Nerazurri understood to particularly keen on the midfielder.
Recent reports have revealed the Italian side are willing to offer Portuguese international midfielder Joao Mario in a swap deal to land Ozil. Inter believe the offer of a potential replacement for the departing Ozil will persuade the Gunners into a deal.
According to Sunday Express via Daily Star, Inter Milan are very serious about signing Arsenal superstar Mesut Ozil in the New Year, the Serie A heavyweights are ready to test the Gunners’ resolve and could use Joao Mario as a sweetener to sign the former Real Madrid man.
The 24-year-old Mario who has previously been linked with a move to the Emirates was a member of Portgual’s 2016 European Championship winning side.
However, his form of late has been erratic and Inter are willing to let him leave San Siro.
The report further states that Inter who can hold talks with Ozil, about a potential free transfer at the end of the current campaign, from January are however understood to prefer securing his services this term.
Unlike the Sanchez situation, Wenger is understood to be confident a deal can still be agreed with the World Cup winner to extend his stay at the Emirates beyond the current campaign.