Reports coming out of Manchester this evening claim that United are to approach Real Madrid this summer over a possible move for midfielder Mezit Ozil.
Ozil, whose parents are Turkish, became a symbol of a ‘new Germany’ at the 2010 World Cup as they ripped apart their reputation for dull efficiency to hammer four goals past England and Argentina.
Following the tournament, United went toe-to-toe with Real Madrid to secure the player’s signature, only for the German to choose the Spanish side at the eleventh hour.
With 37-year-old Paul Scholes forced out of retirement this season, Ferguson will know that he is still in desperate need of another playmaker in midfield. Failed attempts at signing Dutch international Wesley Sneijder now sees the United boss turn his attention back to the young German.
The ex Werder Bremen playemaker has proved that he has what it takes to play for one of Europe’s elite, chipping in with 10 goals and 25 assists last season for Real. However, it has been rumored that Ozil is unhappy with the lifestyle in Madrid, with reports saying that a Premier League move would be most welcome.
Furthermore, following two impressive seasons at Real Madrid, Ferguson will feel certain that Ozil possesses the big-match mentality required to cope with the pressure and expectation surrounding the Old Trafford side.
Ozil joined Madrid for a reported £12.5m and it is now believed that the German international is likely to cost United at least double that if they are to secure his services. United will need to match the player’s high wage demands, which are believed to be in the region of £140,000 per week with the Spanish giants.
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