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The World Cup winner’s contract is set to expire in the summer and as per several reports in recent months, he is looking to leave the club. Hence, Arsenal do not want to lose the star midfielder on a free and are looking to sell him in January albeit for a lower price.
A player of Ozil’s quality will not be short of suitors with Manchester United reportedly ahead of the rest. Jose Mourinho worked with the 29-year old before at Real Madrid and was rumoured to be interested in working with him again. However, if Catalan Radio is to be believed, the English giants are set for a disappointment.
The source states that the German has already agreed to a move to Barcelona in January with his representatives receiving a three-year deal from the Spanish club. Further, the Blaugrana are willing to pay the Gunners around €20 million in January to close the deal.
For Arsenal and Arsene Wenger, this could represent the best scenario as Ozil joins a foreign club instead of a domestic rival such as Manchester United. Further, the Gunners can recoup some money instead of letting the player go on a free in the summer and it can be utilized for signing a top-quality replacement.