Lionel Messi 'blocks Barcelona's Mesut Ozil move'

  • Lionel Messi 'blocks Barcelona's Mesut Ozil move'

Lionel Messi 'blocks Barcelona's Mesut Ozil move'

Barcelona's protracted negotiations with Liverpool over Philippe Coutinho has meant alternatives to the Brazilian have been identified.

He tweeted: "Barcelona were offered Mesut Ozil last summer but decided against it".

"I don't think he would be a bad signing", the title-winning defender told the Daily Mail.

However, Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi may have put a stop to the transfer.

Sabah [h/t Sport Witness] claim that Ozil has spoken to Fenerbahce, with his contract at Arsenal set to expire at the end of the season.

"But the next step for him was to become a Messi- or a [Cristiano] Ronaldo-type player - more ruthless".

"Most of the time he looks like he is playing for fun. But when he's not happy, he doesn't".

According to Spanish outlet AS, Ozil would be on an income of €19million gross per year and will also ask for a sizeable signing-on bonus.

The publication understands that the deal hinges on whether Ernesto Valverde's side can offload midfielder Arda Tura in January, with the Turkey global now the sixth highest earner at the club.

But SportBild say Goretzka has already made it clear where his next destination will be - Barcelona. With him still eligible to play Champions League football, he also makes for a pretty great proposition to sign in the January window.

Ozil is expected to be back in action this weekend when Arsenal take on Burnley FC in the Premier League.

Now only that, even if Barcelona wanted to pay such a salary, there's worry over whether Ozil would fit in with the club's dressing room.

Another option for Ozil would of course be a new deal with the Gunners, and his performance against Tottenham Hotspur certainly had fans talking - with the partnership between the German, Alexis Sanchez and Alexandre Lacazette a joy to watch for fans.