Juventus have been linked with a move for Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, should he fail to move to Manchester United.
The German playmaker is in the last year of his contract with the Gunners, and according to Corriere dello Sport, ther conditions are now ideal for Juve to bring in Ozil.
The newspaper reports that the Bianconeri have tracked Ozil for the past three seasons and expect him to run down his contract until June, rather than make a move this month.
Manchester United are expected to make a bid in the region of €40m for the German international, however the paper suggests that the No 11 is ‘focused’ on a new experience, having already played in the Bundesliga, La Liga and the Premier League.
I would be surprised to see young ‘Enzo’ materialize given the dearth of attacking talent we have and the wage structure we run under.
Would he accept a wage cut to fit within our cost structure? What would the unrest in the attacking department be like when a world class attacking midfielder joins the squad?
He could technically join in January, as he is not cup-tied, for the short term quest for the champions league; though he wouldn’t have much sell-on value at 33-34 years of age if we paid the premium.
If he did join on a free next season it would be a welcome conundrum for Allegri and I would welcome it.
I don’t believe his wage cut would be significant given the decreased value of the pound and the fact that Serie A wages are reported net of taxes while those in England are not. Anyway, I would always welcome the addition of a world class player with open arms.