Arsene Wenger has reportedly given Mesut Ozil 'direct permission' to find a new club in January, which comes after reports emerged from Spain that Barcelona are ready to offer a cut-price deal for the midfielder.
Ozil, out of contract next summer, is widely expected to move on from the Emirates in a couple of months, with the Gunners seemingly unable to convince him to sign a new deal.
The German playmaker is into his fifth season with the club now since his £42.5m move from Real Madrid in the summer of 2013, but Catalan publication Mundo Deportivo (via the Mirror) reckon he will not see the current campaign out in its entirety at Arsenal, and jump ship to Barca with Wenger's blessing in January.
The paper say the Blaugrana are preparing to offer a cut-price £17m bid for the 29-year-old, which will make for great news for Liverpool fans who know the giants tried so hard to poach Philippe Coutinho in the summer.
The Brazilian was their prime target, and Barca offered a number of bids well in excess of £100m but the Reds stood firm and have made it clear they will do so again in January.
Mundo allege Barca have turned their attentions to Ozil because he would be able to feature for the club in the latter stages of the Champions League should they get there, unlike Coutinho who would be cup-tied.
Ozil has enjoyed somewhat of a resurgence over the past few weeks and was excellent against Tottenham at the weekend, and would come as an absolute bargain for the Spaniards at £17m if successful in their bid.