European Giants Join Battle For Mesut Özil


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Juventus entered the race to grab Arsenal midfielder Mesut Özil on a free transfer next summer, reports the Daily Mirror.

With the 29-year-old Germany international out of contract in June, he can talk to overseas clubs now and the perennial Italian champions are taking full advantage to make their interest known.

Manchester United were for so long in the driving seat to grab the influential midfielder from their Premier League rivals that Juventus’ interest may spark a January bidding war.

Sporadic stories in the media which hint at Özil staying at the Emirates are routinely dismissed by the Arsenal fanbase as PR from the player’s advisers. A June departure is fully expected and will lead to almost intolerable pressure on veteran manager Arsène Wenger to step down.

A move to Turin may be more palatable than seeing Özil don the shirt of rivals Manchester United.

Reports in the Italian media suggest that the German’s close friendship with Sami Khedira may sway move for a player with Bundesliga, La Liga and Premier League experience. Serie A is the last of Europe’s big leagues that he has to play in.

Barcelona were interested in the Germany international but a cadre of players, including Lionel Messi, made it clear to the club that they felt the German is not needed at the Camp Nou.