Arsenal 'must resolve Ozil "problem" before making move for Eriksen'
Arsenal ‘must resolve Mesut Ozil “problem” before making move for Inter Milan outcast Christian Eriksen’ in January… with £350,000-a-week star prepared to see out final six months of his deal
- Christian Eriksen has been deemed surplus to requirements at Inter Milan
- The Denmark international is reportedly seeking an exit in the January window
- Arsenal are said to be interested in him but must sort Mesut Ozil’s situation first
- Ozil is not in Arsenal’s Premier League squad and yet earns £350,000 a week
- His contract is up in six months but he has previously said he will see his deal out
Arsenal must figure out a solution to Mesut Ozil’s situation before turning attentions to a January move for Christian Eriksen, according to reports in Italy.
Ozil has been frozen out at the Emirates Stadium having been left out of Mikel Arteta’s squads for the Premier League and Europa League in the first half of the 2020-21 season.
The German has six months remaining on his £350,000-a-week deal and Gazzetta dello Sport report that while Arsenal are interested in Eriksen, a move is not feasible without a resolution for their Ozil ‘problem’.
Arsenal reportedly retain interest in a January move for Inter Milan outcast Christian Eriksen
The situation is likely to be complicated if the situation around Mesut Ozil is not sorted out
Arsenal have made a dismal start to the Premier League season, down in 13th, and Ozil is eligible to be added to Arteta’s squad from January. It is a decision that has reportedly divided the dressing room.
Ozil has been a persistent presence on social media during Arsenal’s uncertain start to the campaign, admitting that he wished he could ‘help the team’ during a Question and Answer session with fans on Twitter last week. He has called his situation ‘very difficult’ and ‘frustrating’,
Eriksen only joined Inter back in January but has struggled to make any real impact on Antonio Conte’s side.
Gunners coach Mikel Arteta has admitted that a decision needs to be made over Ozil’s future
He pushed to leave Tottenham and the Premier League side eventually sanctioned a £25million deal – it is anticipated Inter will not come close to getting back what they paid if he is to leave the San Siro next month.
The Danish playmaker has scored just four goals and created three more in his 38 appearances across 2020.
Gazzetta’s report goes on to add that Eriksen’s preference is a return to the Premier League, strengthening Arsenal’s position if they do plot to firm up their interest.
Inter are keen to refresh their squad in January with the Serie A title race hanging in the balance with stadium rivals AC Milan leading the way heading into the new year.
Radja Nainggolan has seen his loan at Cagliari turned into a permanent and it is anticipated that moving on Eriksen is another priority.
Eriksen only joined Inter last January but he has struggled to establish himself in the team
He is reported to prefer a return to England having thrived there while playing for Tottenham
Speaking to Sky Sports just before Christmas, Inter chief executive Giuseppe Marotta confirmed the Dane is up for sale.
‘We’ve been very clear many times that there are players on the so-called transfer list, these are players who want to play more regularly, and the club is ready to make them happy and find replacements,’ he said.
‘Eriksen is on the transfer list, Piero Ausilio confirmed as much. He has struggled to settle into the squad, he is not functional to the squad.’
Another option for Eriksen could be a switch to Paris Saint-Germain with his former boss Mauricio Pochettino set to succeed Thomas Tuchel at the Parc des Princes.
Inter are also reportedly interested in PSG midfielder Leandro Paredes and that could open the possibility of a part-exchange.
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