It is believed that Barcelona are interested in signing Mesut Ozil from Arsenal before the transfer deadline passes in Spain but they have not yet tabled a bid for the German.
Barcelona have chased Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho all summer long but failed to land the flamboyant Brazilian despite repeated attempts. As a result, it is believed Barca have now diverted their attention towards the Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil just ahead of the transfer deadline in Spain.
The transfer window in Spain lasts 24 hours more than in England this summer but very few major deals take place between the English and Spanish clubs during the day. This is mainly due to the fact that, English clubs will not be able to sign a new replacement after they potentially sell an important player.
However, Barcelona are reportedly ready to buck the trend by making a bid of around £55 million for Ozil and are hopeful that Arsenal allow the German international to make a move to the Camp Nou.
Ozil is among the many players who has entered the last year of their contracts at the Emirates and he has been facing an uncertain future after rejecting a new deal with the Gunners recently.
Therefore, Arsenal risk losing the creative midfielder on a free transfer next summer should they fail to convince the 28-year-old to sign a new contract and selling him to Barcelona might seem appealing.
The Gunners had a disappointing end to their transfer window after failing to sign Thomas Lemar from Monaco and as a result, they also had to reject a £60million offer from Manchester City for Alexis Sanchez, which could lead to the player leaving for free next summer.
It now remains to be seen how they deal with Barcelona’s approach for Ozil. The playmaker has come under heavy criticism from fans and pundits alike after failing to perform at his high standards in recent matches and this fact as well as his contractual situation could tempt Arsenal to sell the player for the right price.