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Did Messi Block Ozil Transfer?

Did Lionel Messi Block Mesut Ozil Transfer?

By Kurt Buckerfield - Sep 04, 2017 12:08 PM @KurtLaduma

FC Barcelona were linked with a move for Mesut Ozil on transfer deadline day, but it has now been claimed that Lionel Messi blocked the transfer.

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After it became clear the Catalan club would be unable to lure Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool to Spain in the latest window, it is believed they turned their attention to Ozil, who has one year left on his contract with Arsenal.

Reports on the last day of the transfer window suggested that Barca were lining up a move for the Germany international, despite the Gunners undergoing a tough deadline day themselves.

However, according to Spanish publication Don Balon, it was Messi who effectively ended the club's interest in Ozil as he apparently believed it would have represented bad business.

How much truth there is to this is uncertain, with Spanish journalist and Sky Sports pundit Guillem Balague once telling Soccer Laduma in an exclusive interview that Messi has no influence at board level.

"Messi has zero influence on the board's decisions," he told Soccer Laduma earlier this year.

"Do they tell him what's going on? Of course they do, but he's got zero influence and he doesn't want any influence (on the board) whatsoever."

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Ozil joined Arsenal from Barca's rivals Real Madrid, who have now won the UEFA Champions League for two seasons in a row, in 2013.

Do you think Messi has more influence over Barca's board than we know? Let us know in the comments section below. 


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MR E Joined: 17 Apr 2012
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MR E Sep 06, 2017 09:04 PM
No messi doesn't have influence on the barca board
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Faysal Sep 04, 2017 08:29 PM
Messi rules
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THE NK Sep 04, 2017 05:13 PM
Yohhhhh
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Warras4khosi Sep 04, 2017 04:12 PM
I cant help but not to understand why you report on something that you are even not sure about.
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NA Danti@Dutywa Sep 04, 2017 03:45 PM
Kurt Buckerfield its your job to find out for us
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Tedd Sep 04, 2017 03:35 PM
Ozil is good at Arsenal hes work rate is not acceptable for a team like barca
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musa005 Sep 04, 2017 02:06 PM
@Nelson{barça & kby} I can't help but laugh at your comment
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Nelson{barça & kby} Sep 04, 2017 01:58 PM
Cowditor go f**k your self rubbish
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MacG* Sep 04, 2017 12:59 PM
4 months from now, Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta will be free to agree to join any team in the world. Barca mayenze into ngoBa asithandi ubetha inja ilele phantsi siyiMadrid
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Ntsimbi08 Sep 04, 2017 12:46 PM
They are just making Mateo's dad a bad person. Leave the king alone....
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geenaro_wale_KHOSI_MANu Sep 04, 2017 12:39 PM
No News is still news I guess
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MR RELIABLE1 Sep 04, 2017 12:20 PM
I like it when cowditor mention DAT Madrid won UCL for 2 seasons in a row

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