Report: Messi persuaded Barcelona to end interest in Ozil

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There’s only one way to describe Barcelona’s summer transfer window; and that is unpredictable.

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Supporters of the club may want to use disappointing instead, but that’s neither here nor there at the moment.

The Blaugrana did manage to bring in Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele following Neymar’s world-record departure to PSG, but the Spanish side was known to be seeking out several other attacking options to fill the void left by the Brazilian star.

One player that had drawn some interest from Barca was Mesut Ozil of Arsenal, however, Lionel Messi didn’t take too kindly to that.

Don Balon is reporting that Messi wasn’t keen on the club moving for Ozil and persuaded Barcelona to avoid signing the German international this summer.

The report also states that Messi was frustrated with his side over failed attempts at acquiring Philippe Coutinho, Paulo Dybala and Angel di Maria. The latter two both hail from Messi’s native Argentina, making the connection quite clear as to why the attacker would want the duo at the Camp Nou.