According to reports in England, La Liga giants Barcelona have joined Manchester United in targeting Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil.
Ozil, who splits opinion among both fans and pundits due to his languid style on the pitch, has been at the Emirates stadium since 2013, when he arrived from Real Madrid for 50 million Euro.
He has since gone on to rack up impressive assist numbers for the Gunners, though the club’s recent resurgence with their star German sidelined through injury has led sections of Arsenal fans to question whether they could be better off without the talented 28-year-old.
On the move?
With Ozil’s contract in North London set to expire next summer, and no signs forthcoming as of yet that he has any intention of renewing his deal, lining up without the 2014 World Cup winner could become a permanent reality for Arsenal in the not-so-distant future.
A number of clubs are said to maintain an interest in coaxing Ozil away from the Emirates, whether it be on a free transfer next summer, or in a cut-price deal in January.
Manchester United have been the most heavily linked, with Jose Mourinho reportedly keen to bring the German to Old Trafford for nothing next summer.
Reports in Spain last week even suggested that Ozil was close to coming to terms on a pre-contract agreement with the Red Devils.
However, as per a growing number of reports this morning, United have now been joined by Spanish powerhouse Barcelona in the chase of Ozil’s signature.
The Camp Nou outfit reportedly see the slick, technical playing style of the former Werder Bremen star as one which would fit perfectly into their system in Catalonia, and have identified the Gunners star as an alternative to Liverpool crown jewel Philippe Coutinho.
According to Goal.com, Man United, Barcelona and Real Madrid are the only three clubs whom Ozil will consider signing for, should he decide to leave Arsenal.