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Barcelona are understood to be interested in an audacious swap deal in order to land Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil. The Spanish club will reportedly offer long-term Gunners target Arda Turan to Arsenal in a proposed swap deal to sign Ozil.
The Catalan side have been heavily linked with the German international and reports claim they are preparing a January offer for him.
Ozil who has thus far refused to sign a new contract with the Gunners looks set to depart the Emirates in one of the next two windows as his current contract is expiring at the end of the season, Wenger may be forced to let him leave for financial reasons if a suitable offer is received by the club.
In a bid to convince Arsenal to part with its chief playmaker in the new year, the Daily Star via Metro claim Barca are prepared to let Turan go in the opposite direction.
Arsenal have actually been heavily linked with Turan in the last two transfer windows but a move obviously never came close to happening.
Fans are eager to see what happens with Ozil. Wenger recently stated later this month, a decision will be made on the German’s future along with others whose contracts expire at the end of the season.
It is rumoured that Ozil is demanding around £350,000 a week wages to sign a new deal at the Emirates, a sum he could easily get if he signs on a free for a top European club.
However should Ozil leave in the winter transfer window, it is unlikely it will be a swap deal involving Turan. The Turkish international is already 30 and it is highly unlikely he remains a target for Wenger.
What’s more likely going to happen is Ozil staying at the Emirates till the end of the season at the very least with Wenger recently stating he would be an Arsenal player after January.
History has taught us that with the gaffer, you never really know. Over to you Wenger……