Sergio Ramos’ ‘best friend’ Mesut Ozil could be about to join Barcelona in the January transfer window, according to Mundo Deportivo.
Reports surfaced last week linking the Catalan club with a move for the German international, although a report in the Evening Standard claimed no contact had been made between the two clubs.
However, reports in in Catalan media on Tuesday morning now claim that a move on January 1st will be made.
The current La Liga leaders have been chasing Philippe Coutinho since the summer, but having spent over £135m on Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund in August, they are baulking at the Liverpool star’s price tag that would be in the same region.
Arsenal are hoping to sign Ozil to new contract, but as he will become a free agent in July, Barca feel they can get the German on the cheap.
Ozil, like his team-mate and former Barca man – Alexis Sanchez, have refused to sign new deals at the North London, becoming unsettled at the lack of success at the club.
But could he really be about to join Madrid and his best friends bitter rivals????
Ozil and Ramos spent three seasons in the same side at the Bernabeu between 2010 and 2013, where they won La Liga and lifted the Copa del Rey together.
The pair discovered a good friendship off the field too, with the latter wearing the German’s shirt under his during match days.
‘I made some good friendships there as well. My best friend is Sergio Ramos, I’m still in contact with him,” Ozil said in 2016.
‘For me, he is maybe the best defender in the world. Good relationship, good guy, good personality and good singer. He has a really nice voice.’
After arriving for a then-club record fee of £42.5m, the German midfielder has showed glimpses of his extraordinary talent, but has failed to win over the Arsenal fans, who believe he has not contributed enough for his price tag.
Despite providing 19 assists in the league in his second season at the Emirates Stadium, just two from the record, Ozil has only managed to garner 11 in the last 18 months.