According to sensational reports from Spanish outlet Don Balon, Barcelona are believed to be plotting a shock move to secure the services of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil.
Mesut Ozil arrived to Arsenal in the summer of 2013 amid much fanfare and understandably so as the attacking midfielder had proven his immense quality at the highest level for the likes of Real Madrid and the German national team.
However, it would be fair to state that Ozil has not quite managed to grab the imagination of the Arsenal fans as was initially expected and although he has shown flashes of his undoubted brilliance at the Emirates Stadium, many have criticized the ex-Schalke star for going missing during the big games.
With Ozil currently having entered the final year of his contract at Arsenal, there have been some murmurs that he could leave North London this summer as he has been seen as a dispensable player by the Gunners and now in sensational claims from Spanish outlet Don Balon, Barcelona are said to be ready to make a swoop for the attacker.
Barcelona are bracing themselves for the loss of superstar Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain and if the Brazilian leaves, the Catalan giants will surely have a tough task in replacing him.
Recently, widespread reports have stated that Blaugrana have eyed up Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho as the ideal replacement for Neymar but with the Reds demanding a whopping £132million, the La Liga side are being forced to look at targets elsewhere.
Now in reports emerging out of Spain, Barcelona have viewed Ozil as a possible signing following the expected departure of Neymar and that the powerhouses of European football are ready to pay as much as £52million to sign the World Cup winner.
The links are certainly very surprising but it should be noted that Ozil was one of the best players in La Liga with Real Madrid for almost four seasons and there is no doubt that he could do the job for a talented side like Barcelona.
From Arsenal’s perspective, selling Ozil for £52million would represent a wonderful piece of business for a player who is in the final year of his deal at the Emirates Stadium.