Report: Barcelona interested in Ozil as Coutinho alternative

Mesut Ozil 2017-18

Mesut Ozil’s future with Arsenal is currently in the spotlight as he, along with Alexis Sanchez, nears the end of his current contract.

Earlier this week, Arsene Wenger said the club would have to think about the possibility of January sales, saying of the star duo, “No decision has been made on that front.

“Do we let anyone go in January? We’ll have to think about that to see where we stand with them at the end of December.”

Perhaps emboldened by that comment, El Mundo Deportivo have this morning produced a piece which suggests the German is in spotlight of Barcelona, and could be the target of a January move.

After their failed attempts to sign Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool, the 29 year old could be the man to provide the creative spark for the Catalan giants.

If they do decide to go for him, they face the prospect of competing with the German’s former club, Real Madrid.

The contract between Arsenal and the Champions League holders was leaked last year, and it specifically grants Real the chance to enforce a buy back clause – as any potential sale to another Spanish club has to be communicated to them, giving them a 48 hour window to match any bid.

Would Real have him back? Would Barcelona open themselves up to another transfer failure? Would Arsenal even let him go in January?

All these questions and more will be answered in the next exciting edition of TRANSFER SPASM!

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