According to the English newspaper The Daily Mail, Barcelona will make a bid for Mesut Özil (21), to avoid his signing for Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City. Guardiola would face difficulties to give Özil a place in the starting line-up, but senior figures in Barcelona have been quite impressed by his performance for Germany in the World Cup this summer.
Özil currently plays for Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga, but his contract will expire next summer, as he refuses to extend his contract. He already has plenty of admirers in England, and he has been targeted as a potential replacement for Cesc Fabregas. Özil, known as the “German Messi,” is more attack minded than Fabregas, who is considered more as a box-to-box player. Barcelona would be ready to buy Özil this season, and send him back on loan to Werder Bremen for the next year, if the price is right. Alexander Hleb, who was on loan to Stuttgart last season is suggested to be a part of the deal. Hleb would then go to Bremen as a part of an exchange deal.