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Barcelona to make €30m Mesut Ozil bid

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Barcelona are poised to make a shock €30m bid for Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil at the end of the season, according to reports in Spain.

Mundo Deportivo claim Barcelona are keen on the former Real Madrid star - and are willing to make a significant offer after FIFA suspended their transfer ban on Wednesday.

Ozil has struggled since completing his £42.5m move to the Emirates Stadium from Real Madrid last summer. The Germany international has scored just six goals in 36 appearances, while his below-par performances in several of the club’s most important fixtures have been heavily criticised.

It’s believed that Barcelona were originally determined to bring Ozil to the Camp Nou before the start of the 2011-12 campaign. The Catalan giants were reportedly on the verge of striking a €15m deal, but eventually secured the services of Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas instead.

Despite Ozil’s struggles this season, the Gunners are unlikely to allow 25-year-old Ozil to leave the club, especially on the cheap.

A €30m fee would mean Arsenal would have made around an £18m loss on a player who was widely regarded as the world’s best playmaker this time last year.

However, Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta is a keen admirer of Ozil’s, who regularly lit up La Liga during his three-year spell with rivals Real Madrid, and would love to bring the German ace to the Camp Nou next season.

Arsenal fans: should Arsene Wenger sell Ozil this summer? Would €30m be a fair price after his difficult season in the Premier League? Have your say below!

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