Can Arsenal afford to turn down Ozil-Turan swap deal?

Barcelona are claimed to be eyeing a swap deal with Arsenal including Arda Turan and Mesut Ozil.

The Catalan giants are believed to be keen on beating their rivals to the signature of the German international, and are ready to use the Gunners interest in Turan, who has become surplus to requirements at the Nou Camp.

Arsenal are believed to be eyeing the Turkish midfielder as a potential replacement for Ozil, who currently appears to be running down his contract as he seeks an exit from his current side.

The Barca playmaker has previously talked about the possibility of playing at the Emirates Stadium, claiming he believed he could have joined them had he not secured his dream move to the La Liga leaders, and may now be ready to follow up on his previous thoughts.

The Catalan club could land Ozil on a free transfer come the end of the season, whilst being permitted to open negotiations of such a move from January, but the fear is that they could well lose out with Chelsea, Manchester United and Inter Milan also linked with an interest in his signature.

Ozil would represent a huge boost to Barcelona this season, with him being one of the best players in the world who is not cup-tied from the Champions League, and the Spanish giants may well push for his arrival this winter.

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos is claimed to be keen to put the German off joining their league rivals, with his former team-mate claimed to have called the Arsenal star in order to reveal his disdain due to his ties to former club Real.

Ozil is currently hitting top form in North London, and should his performances continue, we could well be in with a shot of challenging for top spot in the division, but would he be put off by a bid from Barca? Could we afford to turn down the opportunity to bring in his replacement when we are near-certain to lose him for free if he stays beyond January?

Pat J

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  1. Nine says:

    Turan is done…we need draxler and Lamar!

    1. gotanidea says:

      Yup, Turan is old already and Arsenal need to rejuvenate their squad. He is still skillful and a good player, better than other Barcelona fringe midfielders, such as Andre Gomes and Denis Suarez.

      Draxler and Lemar are good, but I don’t think they are as creative as Sanchez. Ideally, Arsenal keep Sanchez, then add high quality players around him, like Draxler, Lemar, Rafinha, Sergi Roberto, Jean Seri, Goretzka, Moura, Virgil Van Dijk, Adama Traore, Arnaiz, etc

    2. Remember Resource? says:

      Exactly Lamar Odom would be a great addition!

  2. Tony says:

    Yes we can – Turan is a bit player at Barca so why do we want him?

  3. ThirdManJW says:

    We have to turn it down. The club/Wenger made the idiotic decision to keep the likes of Ozil, Sanchez, and Wilshere, knowing they’d be leaving on a free, so they now have to see it through. Selling them in January would be even more idiotic, because we’ll only get a fraction of what we could have got just six months earlier, it would cause huge disruption to the squad, and finding quality replacements mid-season is almost impossible. Not to mention, the fans will have a complete meltdown if sell our best players mid-season.

    The team is finally starting to gel, so if anything, it’s about adding more quality to the squad in January if anyone is available.

    1. Trudeau says:

      “The team is starting to gel … so add more quality”. Sorry, walk me through why keeping Ozil and Sanchez was an “idiotic decision”. Clearly I’m a bit thick.

      1. Ivan says:

        Thrown away £130 mil plus from the squad value next year. In case you do not understand that means Kroenke will not be putting in an extra £130 mil to or transfer kitty on top of the usual transfer kitty to cover.

        1. Even if we sold Sanchez and Ozil I assure you that money would have gone straight into Kroenke’s pockets. We still have a squad of more than 25 players so Wenger would still have his excuses ready. Either way we aint winning the league or champion’s league with Wenger around so it doesn’t really matter who stays or who goes.

          1. ThirdManJW says:

            @Quantic Dream

            I agree that Wenger wouldn’t have seen all of the money from the player sales, and it would also depend on how the sale is structured, and in turn, what funds are then immediately released, but surely SOME money is better NONE? Because Wenger would have got something back for sure.

      2. ThirdManJW says:


        That’s a really simple question to answer. When you have players that do not want to play for the manager, or club, or both anymore, then what is the point of keeping them? Sometimes clubs do squeeze another season out of want-away players, with the agreement of all parties that the player will definitely get their move at the end of that extra season, with the selling club still receiving a transfer fee. But this is not the case at Arsenal, because we cannot get ANY transfer fee after that extra season, as our star players contracts will have finished. Would I rather see Sanchez at City for £60 million, or Sanchez at City for free? Finally, even with Sanchez, and Ozil, we’ve been dreadful in the league, and in Europe. So selling them wouldn’t have had any affect on us winning those competitions. Sanchez was unbelievably world class last season, yet we finished 5th, and were humiliated in Europe.

        We are gelling, but we have to be on the lookout for quality players, even in January, because so much quality will be leaving us in June. So I’d rather replacements/additions earlier, so to be more ready for next season, to cover injuries, and to create more competition for places this season.

        I hope that answers your questions.

        1. ThirdManJW says:

          Forgot to mention a crucial point of my argument about selling. We’re a self sufficient club, which effectively means we need to generate our own wealth, and a quick, and obvious solution is the selling of players. When you have injury-prone players, ones that are not good enough, and players that want out, then selling is an easy choice, especially in today’s crazy market place. Kroenke will not subsidise the £100/120 million we could have got for Ozil, and Sanchez in the summer, so where is that money coming from to replace those two?

          1. Ivan says:

            Well put.

  4. reddb10 says:

    How can we even be considering turan. That piece of $##t actually had a dig at us when he joined barca.

  5. Sukhjot Gunner says:

    I’ve got two words for you-HELL YES.

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