According to reports, another backup plan has come into view should Barcelona fail to sign Philippe Coutinho in January. This time the reports are saying that Mesut Ozil is the backup plan.
“And one of the best situated alternatives is that of Mesut Özil (29 years old, Arsenal). The conclusion of Barça’s club technicians is that there are not so many players who can play the Champions League and are available in the winter at an affordable price. Özil meets those requirements.”
Apparently the price for Ozil is €20 million, a somewhat fair price for a player who, when in form, can change a game.
So the question becomes, if indeed Ozil is available for that price tag, is he worth it? Assuming that Angel Di Maria and Coutinho are both more expensive then Barcelona are willing to spend, then Ozil could be a great alternative to them.
45 - Since his debut in Sept 2013, Mesut Ozil has provided more assists in the Premier League than any other player (45). Delivery. pic.twitter.com/BL1msF4QMt— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 18, 2017
He can provide excellent offensive production at times, putting great balls into the box and really provide another offensive catalyst for Lionel Messi in the midfield and on the flanks.
The downsides with Ozil are his defensive production, or lack thereof, and the fact that sometimes he really just doesn’t seem up for it. But hey, for €20 million perhaps it’s worth the risk?