Reports in Spain are claiming that Lionel Messi blocked Mesut Ozil’s arrival from Arsenal, citing the move as bad business.
The German international was linked with a late move to the Catalan club, but it failed to materialise, and the latest claims are that Messi himself was the reason Barca backed out of the deal.
The superstar is claimed to have described a potential deal as ‘poor business’, although that explanation is a little vague to say the least.
Arsenal haggled Manchester City into bidding a whopping £60 Million for Alexis Sanchez, knowing full well that he will likely be available for free at the end of the season. The same principle could be the thinking of the Argentine, knowing the Gunners would have refused to sell their key player cheaply.
The story leaves you to make your own mind up somewhat as to why he is claimed to have blocked the deal, while it also has no quotes or evidence to prove their claims.
There was talk of an offer being made on the Spanish deadline day, which would have left us without an opportunity to replace the German due to our window having closed the night before, and thankfully he wasn’t allowed to move then.
Arsenal have had a tough transfer window, seemingly failing to bring in a number of targets, and have had to settle for just two senior arrivals, and losing more players simply wasn’t an option.
Is Ozil good enough for Barcelona? Would Messi accept him at the end of the season?