Just over a week ago, TuttoMercatoWeb stated that Mesut Özil, who has fallen out of favour at Arsenal, had been offered around Italy, with both Juventus and Inter targeted.
The pair, worried about the player’s wages, kindly turned down the generous gift, and we thought that was that.
However, according to Telelombardia’s Carlo Pellegatti, relayed by Calciomercato.it, Inter are considering the German playmaker again, but only if Ivan Perisic were to leave.
Actually, it’s the other way around, in that they’ll only let the Croatian leave if they can bring in a replacement, who could be someone like Mesut Özil.
While the Gunners ‘don’t want to sell him in January’, the Serie A side would be prepared to bring him in on loan for the next six months, helping Arsenal by paying some of his wages and promising to buy him in the summer.
To be honest, that’s basically the same as selling him in January, if not worse since the Premier League side would still have to pay some of his wages, but we digress.
The idea here would then be for the attacking midfielder and Lautaro Martinez to play on either side of Mauro Icardi.
Honestly, our reaction to this is the shrug emoji.
Until we see actual movement, this remains unadulterated speculation, and since we doubt anyone will come forward for Ivan Perisic after his rather disappointing first half of the season (regardless of what the latest reported Manchester United interest might say), this might never even take off.