Barcelona preparing shock £30m Arsenal raid

Barcelona are lining up an audacious £30million move for Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, according to talkSPORT.

The La Liga giants have been long term admirers of the German international but it is unsure whether Arsenal would be prepared to let him go just a year after signing him from Real Madrid for a club-record £42.5million fee.

But reports from Spain suggest Barcelona are looking to take advantage of their suspended transfer ban this summer and will be in the market for the 25-year-old Gunners midfielder.

Spanish football expert Paul Breen-Turner told talkSPORT: “There are reports from Spain that Barcelona will make a move for Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil.

“He was close to joining them in 2011. Ozil is a very serious target for Barcelona and they will make their move.

“They’re talking about a figure of £30million, although I can’t quite believe Arsenal would even consider.”

If a deal can be done then it could open the door for Manchester United to follow up their interest in Cesc Fabregas, after failing in a move for the Spaniard last summer.

Ozil’s first season in England has delivered mixed fortunes, with a number of injuries hindering his chances of quickly settling in.

Although he has still managed four goals and eight assists in 23 Premier League outings.