Mesut Ozil could be on his way out of Arsenal after just one season at the club, as sensational transfer rumours have claimed that Barcelona are willing to trade Pedro Rodriguez in order to take him to the Nou Camp.
According to FIFA agent Francois Gallardo – a renown gossiper when it comes to potential big-money moves – Barca chief Andoni Zubizarreta has a plan to land former Real Madrid star Ozil, and it includes Pedro going the other way. Gallardo told Spanish source La Sexta that there are two Catalan stars who could make the switch to north London in the summer, and went as far as naming the Spain international.
Gallardo said: “Özil could sign for Barça.
“It is an idea of Andoni Zubizarreta. There are two players who could be the other way to Arsenal. One of them is Pedro."
The rumours are indeed fuelled by the fact that neither man has enjoyed a ground-breaking campaign. Pedro has been persistently left out of the starting XI to accommodate the talents of new-boy Neymar, and Ozil has largely failed to make an impact at the Emirates despite his impressive performances initially.
Of course the bulk of transfer speculation surrounding Arsenal regards top players coming in and not big talents leaving the club, however Arsene Wenger may well benefit from at least considering the proposition of taking Pedro on board, even it does mean relinquishing the services of an expert assister.