Mesut Ozil is not only unwanted by Arsenal’s hierarchy, he’s also apparently not fancied much by an ex-Arsenal owner either.
According to reports emanating from Italy, the German playmaker has had a loan move to AC Milan blocked by former Gunners chief executive Ivan Gazidis, who now operates in the same role for the Rossoneri.
Corriere dello Sport have claimed that Milan legend Paolo Maldini, who is currently the club’s sporting strategy and development director, was ready to accept Arsenal’s offer of sending Ozil to the San Siro, but Gazidis blocked the move due to his policy of not wanting to sign players over the age of 25.
Mesut Özil was offered on loan to Milan. Paolo Maldini was ready to accept, possibly to prepare for the sale of Hakan Calhanoglu. Ivan Gazidis blocked the move as he does not want to sign players over the age of 25. [@CorSport] #AFC pic.twitter.com/kN5LS2SBPJ
— Cannon Insider (@CannonInsider) January 18, 2019
It was reported yesterday that Unai Emery has suggested to Ozil that it would be best that he leaves the Emirates stadium, although the World Cup winner is unwilling to look for employment elsewhere.
The former Real Madrid man is the Gunners’ top earner, having signed a record breaking £350,000-a-week contract 12 months ago. Now the fear among Arsenal management is that Ozil will end up seeing out the remainder of the 2018/19 campaign on the fringes of the first team squad, at odds with Emery, while pocketing a fortune in wages that could be spent on wages for new signings.
Ozil’s wage demands are thought to be a sticking point for clubs who would otherwise be willing to consider a bid for the 30-year-old.