Barcelona will offer three players in order to land Mesut Ozil

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It looks like transfer silly season has just begun.

Why, you ask? Because there's a huge report in Spanish newspaper AS this morning that claims Barcelona are willing to give up three players in order to lure Mesut Ozil from Arsenal. Three.

Ozil has of course been in superb form this season for the Gunners, registering 18 assists in the Premier League alone.

The German international, who also has five goals in the league, has been linked with a move away from north London, and was forced to publicly deny rumours that he would be seeking a way out in the summer window because of a bust-up with Arsene Wenger.

Ozil arrived in England back in 2013 and is yet to sign a new contract extension to ensure his long-term future is with Arsenal.

According to AS, Barcelona are interested in testing the waters over Ozil when the window opens, and are willing to make an incredible offer.

The newspaper say they are willing to hand over Arda Turan, Munir as well as Sandro in order to seal a deal for the former Real Madrid man.

However there's a major complication that could put a halt to any deal; when Ozil left the Bernabeu, Madrid inserted a clause into the agreement that gave them first refusal if and when he decided to leave Arsenal.

That means Madrid would be able to match the terms agreed by Arsenal with Barcelona and swoop in ahead of their great rivals. Real Madrid are also due 33% of any fee Arsenal recoup over €55 million, having sold him for €44 million.

Ozil has helped Arsenal win the FA Cup twice in his time with the club so far, but they were knocked out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage for the sixth straight year earlier this month, and their quest to win a first title since 2004 is in serious danger of failing once more.

However, whether that is enough to convince the German he needs to leave in order to win silverware elsewhere remains to be seen.

Do you think there is any doubt over Ozil's future at Arsenal?

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