Juventus are considering a move for Mesut Ozil, according to the latest reports in Italy. The German has been deployed in his favoured No.10 role for Arsenal and has chipped in with five goals.
The Serie A giants are already interested in landing Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez. He has played through the middle and has scored 13 goals in the Premier League this season.
Both Ozil and Sanchez are out of contract in the summer of 2018 and Juve are monitoring the stand-off between the pair and the club.
The pair is looking for parity with some of the Premier League’s top earners such as Paul Pogba, which would double their wages to almost the £290,000 per week mark.
Arsenal are unlikely to sanction such a deal which could leave all parties at an unfortunate impasse.
But Italian outlet transfermarketweb claim Juve are realistic about their chances of landing Sanchez because his wage demands would shatter their €10million (£8.7m) maximum wage budget.
According to the report, although Juve are working to overcome this hurdle, they are also eyeing Ozil as a viable target.
Juve are supposedly confident they can match any salary offer Arsenal make to Ozil, who is thought to want around £200,000 a week to remain at the Emirates.
The Germany international remains Arsenal’s record transfer after he joined the club from Real Madrid in 2013.
The report adds that Manchester United are also monitoring Ozil’s situation but the likelihood of Arsenal selling to a title rival is slim, especially after the backlash the club received when offloading Robin van Persie onto United back in 2012.
Ozil, however, has claimed he is ready to sign a new deal but wants assurances on Wenger’s future.
He said: “The club knows that I am here most of all because of Arsene Wenger. He is the one who signed me and he is the one whose trust I have.
“The club also knows that I want to be clear what the manager is going to do [in the future].”