Barcelona ready to make move for Ozil as alternative for Philippe Coutinho

Spanish giants Barcelona are ready to make Arsenal star Mesut Ozil their No.1 transfer target in January and believe he has two major advantages over Philippe Coutinho.

according to reports. The Spanish giants have long been linked with a move for Liverpool ace Coutinho and had been expected to reignite their move for the Brazilian playmaker in January.

However, the Merseysiders are refusing to deal, and Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo now report that Barcelona are ready to make a move for Ozil instead. The German is more appealing for two major reasons: firstly, he is out of contract in the summer and would be significantly less expensive then Coutinho, who Liverpool value at over £100m.

Secondly, Ozil would be eligible to play in the Champions League in the second half of the season as he has not played in Europe this term, with Arsene Wenger fielding rotated XIs in the Europa League. Even if he is selected in Arsenal’s remaining two matches in the competition, he could still be registered to play in the Champions League by Barcelona.


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