Wenger strategically discourages Inter over Özil

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Arsenal’s head coach stops transfer rumors. The German midfielder is not leaving in January unless…

NEWS ARSENAL OZIL INTER / Mesut Özil's saga goes on. The Germany International seems to be ready to leave the Emirates stadium but his current club put him on hold. Although the contract of the midfielder is set to expire on June 30, 2018, Arsenal is not willing to let him go. 

On Tuesday, in the pre-match press conference, Arsene Wenger stated that the player will not leave in the winter transfer window. Although he knows that Özil's contract is almost over, the Frenchman is not worried at all. 

“I'm not thinking about this situation on at this time. It's impossible to say if the player will stay with us because I don't know. As long as he is here, he must give the best for this team. Unless something unbelievable happens, the situation will not change.”

Is Arsene Wenger only strategically speaking? I think so. The offensive midfielder is a very important asset for the club. On September 2, 2013, Arsenal pursued the player from Real Madrid paying €47 million. It would be crazy to lose him for free four years later. Probably, Arsenal will be forced to trade him out if the player will not be happy to sign a new agreement with the British club. 

Inter chasing the Özil. Arsenal puts buyers on hold

Although Arsenal boss clarified that Özil is not up for sale, the situation could be different. Calciomercato.it reported that Luciano Spalletti would be happy to sign the offensive midfielder especially because Joao Mario could be traded out soon. The Portuguese player is struggling at Inter and the Tuscan coach is not willing to wait for him longer.

The Nerazzurri could make an offer soon to unlock the situation. Mesut Özil's transfer value is around €34 million but Sabatini and Ausilio could make a deal purchasing him for much less. 

Although Arsene Wenger discouraged Inter over Özil, the reality seems to be a bit different. The coach left a door open when he stated: “Unless something unbelievable happens.” That unbelievable thing could be a proper offer to monetize on the player. The economy rules on football as well and it wouldn't be wise for Arsenal to lose such a top star for free.