Old Trafford boss hopes to capture German international duo.
Manchester United are rumoured to be lining up a double Bundesliga swoop as Sir Alex Ferguson prepares bids for Schalke keeper Manuel Neuer and Werder Bremen playmaker Mesut Ozil this summer. Reports in Germany believe the Old Trafford boss is looking to capture both national team heroes once the World Cup comes to a close and is set to offer in the region of £32m for the pair.
Ferguson has been searching for an adequate replacement for veteran keeper Edwin Van der Sar and has been linked with a myriad of potential targets with 24 year old Neuer looking like an ideal acquisition. After four seasons as the first choice keeper at Gelsenkirchen based club he may well be keen on a new challenge having seen his side come painfully close to ending a 52 year wait for a domestic title end in heartache last term.
Mesut Ozil has arguably been one of the brightest performers of the World Cup thus far, helping Joachim Low’s side get to the semi-finals thanks to some inspired displays that have made the Werder Bremen attacking midfielder a target for Europe’s elite.
Both Germans were stars of the successful European Under 21 Championship team that beat England 4-0 to lift the trophy and provide the back bone of the current senior side. It would seem likely that both youngsters would jump at the chance of a move to the Premier League side, so if Ferguson can get the funds together to make a bid for the duo then it would seem a definite possibility that a deal could be struck.
Mesut Ozil open to Premier League Offers – “The World Cup is all that matters at the moment,” he told the Sun. “When I get back we can think about my future, but for now it’s not something I want to give a lot of thought to. To the top players, the Premier League is attractive.
“You look at what Manchester United and Chelsea have achieved over the last five years and you see it would be easy to be successful at two clubs like that. I see what Michael Ballack achieved at Chelsea and the quality of players he played with and the temptation becomes obvious.” (ESPN)
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