Inter Milan have expressed their interest in signing Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil, but admit their hopes of landing the German in January are slim.
The 28-year-old is out of contract next summer and will be free to talk to foreign clubs from Jan. 1, if he does not agree a new deal with the Gunners before then.
Inter president Erick Thohir, who last week hinted at making a move for Ozil, does not think the midfielder will leave the Emirates during the winter transfer window and revealed the club’s priority is strengthening their defence with a centre-half.
“We are studying our squad,” Thohir told Premium Sport.
“We have scouts everywhere and they look at every kind of player.
“I don’t think players like him [Ozil] will be leaving in January.
“Luciano Spalletti knows this team has room for improvement, that’s what we are working on.
“A new centre-back?
“We are looking for new opportunities but we have [Danilo] D’Ambrosio and other Primavera [youth] team players.”