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Manchester United Close In On £16m German International: Old Trafford Side Have Betting Odds Slashed In Ozil Chase

Bookies cut odds of an Old Trafford move to evens!

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July 07, 2010 - South Africa - CAPTION CORRECTION - APOLOGIES FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE CAUSED....Football - Germany v Spain FIFA World Cup Semi Final - South Africa 2010 - Durban Stadium, Durban, South Africa - 7/7/10..Germany's Mesut Ozil looks dejected during the match.

Manchester United have been cut dramatically and confirmed as the frontrunners in the race to sign Germany international Mezut Ozil, moving ahead of Manchester City, Real Madrid, Chelsea, and Arsenal in the pursuit of the Bundesliga star.

Sir Alex Ferguson has retained an interest in signing the talented playmaker after Ozil stared in the World Cup in South Africa. Real Madrid are also interested and have stepped up their pursuit of Ozil’s international teammate Sami Khedira.

Bremen initially priced Ozil out of a move when they valued him at £25 million, but with just 12-months left on his deal, and with the prospect of losing him on a free transfer as early as January, the Bundesliga side appear willing to sell their star asset.

SKY BET ODDS ON MEZUT OZIL’S NEXT CLUB: –

MANCHESTER UNITED – 1/1 EVENS

MANCHESTER CITY – 6/1

REAL MADRID – 6/1

CHELSEA – 8/1

ARSENAL – 8/1 (Sport.co.uk)

Its always wise to listen to the bookies. A similar story came to light prior to Joe Cole making his move to Liverpool and given the fact that Werder Bremen appear no nearer to securing their German international starlet to a new deal, then perhaps Sir Alex Ferguson is indeed nearing a big name signing.

The 21 year old was in great form during the World Cup and showed just what he was capable of. He was hugely impressive in Bundesliga action last term as well, where he finished the season with most assists and weighed in with a fair few goals to boot.

He could be just the kind of goal scoring midfielder that the Old Trafford side has been crying out for. Whilst its true that Darren Fletcher has greatly improved there are big question marks about Michael Carrick and Anderson, both of whom had poor seasons last time around. Paul Scholes is getting on a bit and you wonder where the goals are going to come from if they do not come from the boot Wayne Rooney.

Werder still want around £16m for Ozil and if Man United can make a decent offer then they may just opt to cash in rather than risk losing the attacking midfielder for nothing.

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