Mesut Özil has been linked with a shock move to Barcelona this summer, with the La Liga giants apparently willing to offer three players in exchange, as reported by Spanish outlet AS (via Goal).
Before we get into just how unlikely this deal is to happen, let’s look at the terms being thrown around.
The report suggests that Barcelona are looking to capitalise on the fact that Özil is yet to sign a contract extension, despite talks being rumoured for quite some time. They are confident they can get a deal done, and are apparently willing to offer Arda Turan, Munir, and Sandro in exchange for the World Cup winner.
The very notion that we’d sell the German playmaker is ludicrous, and he seems extremely happy at Arsenal anyway. Recent reports suggested he was looking to force his way out of the club (via Goal), but he took to Twitter to rubbish those rumours and committing himself to the club.
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) March 22, 2016
It also seems bizarre that Barcelona would be willing to offer Arda Turan as part of the deal, as the Turkish star has only recently completed his £24m move from Atletico Madrid (via The Guardian). He technically signed for them last summer, but due to a transfer ban was unable to make his debut until the start of 2016.
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Sandro and Munir are both highly rated at Barcelona, but you wouldn’t say either player was indispensable, so offering them up in exchange for Özil is at least believable.
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Regardless though, it doesn’t seem likely that Özil is going anywhere this summer. He has been our best player this season by some margin, and we aren’t in a position where we need to sell our best players anymore. Arsene Wenger and the board would come under real fire if they let the former Real Madrid man leave, and arguably wouldn’t recover from the fan fury.