The AC Milan hierarchy is reportedly clashing over the prospect of signing Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil.
Ozil has seemingly fallen out of favor with new Arsenal manager Unai Emery and has not featured since being substituted at halftime in Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Brighton on Boxing Day, albeit he has also been suffering from an injury as well.
This has led to rumors of a potential departure from north London and Milan are one of the teams interested in signing the German playmaker.
However, according to Italian publication Corriere dello Sport, Milan’s chief executive Ivan Gazidis, who coincidentally departed from the same role at Arsenal last year, is against the signing as he believes Ozil would not fit in with the team and has excessive wage demands as well.
Former Milan captain and now the club’s sporting strategy and development director, Paolo Maldini, meanwhile, believes the Serie A side should sign a player of Ozil’s quality as they look to reestablish themselves as a European footballing giant.
Ozil signed a reported £350,000-per-week contract last year and his high wages will undoubtedly deter any interested party, with the Gunners likely needing to compensate his wages.
But despite the rumors of a potential departure, Emery recently came out and said he was not thinking about the former Real Madrid man leaving the Emirates Stadium, but wants consistency from him now ahead of Arsenal’s game against Chelsea on Saturday.
"I'm not thinking about that. I'm thinking about how he can help us this year with good performances."
'I've spoken to him because I want consistency. He's had some injuries and these injuries mean that sometimes he is OK and sometimes he isn't OK. I want every player to give the same work every day to be OK for every match.”
“With Mesut it's the same. He didn't play the last matches but to me he's just like any other player. This Saturday he can be with us if he's OK. Now? He's training consistently with his work over the past two weeks and I think he can be.”