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Barcelona have contacted Mesut Ozil’s representatives
Andres Iniesta can’t start in Barcelona’s midfield forever. As a result, the La Liga giants have identified the perfect replacement for their classy midfield star. That target’s identity will come as very bad news for Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal faithful.
Reports from Spain claim that Barcelona have already reached out to Mesut Ozil’s representatives about a potential summer move to Spain. The Catalan giants have been rumoured as a potential suitor for Ozil for months, but this is the first official contact between the club and the German’s representatives.
Ozil would clearly be the ideal replacement for Iniesta in Luis Enrique’s midfield three. His arrival at Camp Nou wouldn’t immediately move Iniesta out of the starting XI, but it would begin the transition. In the short-term, the two men could play together flanking Sergio Busquets in the midfield.
At the very least, Barcelona’s interest will heap pressure on Arsenal at the negotiating table. Wenger and company have been locked in tense negotiations with Ozil’s representatives for months. Little progress has been made to date.
With each passing day that the two sides fail to come to an agreement, Ozil’s potential transfer price tag drops. This summer will represent the Gunners’ last opportunity to sell Ozil for a significant transfer fee.
Barcelona certainly won’t see Ozil’s transfer fee as any obstacle. They can easily meet Arsenal’s rumoured asking price of £45 million pounds. It’s possible the Spanish giants can even acquire Ozil for a lesser fee due to the timing of his contract.
The prospect of adding Ozil to supply assists to the likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar is frightening for their La Liga opponents. The arrival of Ozil would be particularly painful for Real Madrid. Of course, Ozil first plied his trade with Barcelona’s chief rival before making the move to North London.