Barcelona had Ozil deal for HALF what Real Madrid paid
Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola turned down Mesut Ozil for HALF the price Real Madrid paid for the German ace. Sport says Barca president Sandro Rosell had struck a deal for €7.5 million with Werder Bremen before the World Cup, which even included the option of a straight loan in the event Guardiola wasn't prepared to gamble on the youngster long-term.
Instead, the Barca coach turned down the deal altogether.
Real president Florentino Perez eventually signed Ozil for €15 million, with early signs suggesting it money well spent.