Mesut Ozil: A man in demand again
It seems that Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil is a man in demand again.
Saturday once again proved that Ozil has the quality for the biggest games as the German playmaker was awarded man of the match in the north London derby.
Ozil bagged another Premier League assist as Arsenal secured a 2-0 win over local rivals Spurs.
That performance has once again put the future of Ozil into the thoughts of other big clubs, with the German playmaker out of contract come the end of this season.
Will Barcelona move for Mesut Ozil?
Mesut Ozil is featured on the front page of Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo on Tuesday and the headline is clear to even those that don’t speak Spanish.
Barcelona have made an enquiry to Arsenal regarding Ozil and the asking price this coming January is 20 million euros.
For Barcelona, Mundo Deportivo believe Ozil fits all the requirements: A world class player, who can play in the Champions League and is available in January.
Great news for Liverpool!
Accordingly, Ozil is now considered as Barcelona’s “Plan B” for this January.
Plan A has always been Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho who Barcelona tried to sign in the summer.
Liverpool remain steadfast in their refusal to sell Coutinho and Mundo Deportivo predict a move by the Brazilian himself to force the Premier League club’s hand in January.
Barcelona contact Arsenal
Whilst there is speculation in the media that Ozil would cost 10-15 million euros in January, Barcelona have reportedly contacted Arsenal and been told the fee is 20 million euros.
Barcelona are also eyeing other attacking midfielders that can replace Andres Iniesta when needed – these include Angel Di Maria, Thomas Lemar, Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli.
All of these, and Coutinho, are considered much more difficult to sign than Mesut Ozil.
To add to the Ozil rumours to Barcelona, Arsene Wenger admitted on Saturday, after the win over Tottenham, that keeping the German and Alexis Sanchez would be very difficult.