Just about the whole summer has been taken up with the will-he-won’t-he saga concerning Alexis Sanchez and his Arsenal future, but although Mesut Ozil is in exactly the same position, most people have just assumed that he will stay and run down his contract this season.
But now that Barcelona have banked their massive transfer fee from selling Neymar Jnr to Paris St Germain, they can now afford to pay whatever they like for a suitable replacement, and there are rumours that Mesut Ozil could be the best option to provide the assists that Neymar normally supplies.
The Catalan giants first choice is Liverpool’s Phillippe Coutinho, but with Jurgen Klopp refusing to do business with the Spaniards, Barca are having to look further afield for big money targets, and with Ozil in the last year of his contract he is ripe for the picking. Today’s report is saying that the German playmaker is actually keen on the move and has instructed his agent to begin negotiations with Barcelona.
Whether that is true or not, it is worth noting that although Wenger has announced many times that Alexis Sanchez will definitely be staying at the Emirates this season, he has hardly said a word about Mesut Ozil’s contract situation.
To be honest, Ozil was again practically anonymous in Arsenal’s win over Leicester on Friday night, and yet again Arsenal fans are left lamenting why Wenger persists with the German when their are much hungrier players in the squad.
How many of us would be upset if Ozil really did move to Barcelona?