Manchester United Set Sights On Impressive £12m Ozil Alternative: Ferguson Targets Portuguese Midfielder Raul Meireles

Ferguson is keen on bringing a very talented Portuguese international to Old Trafford.

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Portugal's Raul Meireles (L) sees his effort go off target as Brazil's goalkeeper Julio Cesar lies injured next to him during a 2010 World Cup Group G soccer match at Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban June 25, 2010. REUTERS/Paul Hanna (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP)

Manchester United will go for Porto midfielder Raul Meireles if they fail to land Mesut Ozil.

Sunday Mirror Sport revealed last week that United were refusing to meet Werder Bremen’s £12million valuation on Germany playmaker Ozil, despite Sir Alex Ferguson making a trip to Fulham to check on the player in a pre-season friendly.

With only one year left on Ozil’s contract, United are willing to pay only £8m – and that has given Chelsea and Real Madrid the edge in the race to sign him.

That has forced Ferguson to cast his net elsewhere – and 27-year-old Meireles is now on United’s radar.

United were quoted £15m when they enquired about the Portuguese international last week. That is more than Ferguson wants to pay, but with United now outsiders to land Ozil they may have to dig deep. (Sunday Mirror)

It seems the trail leading to Mesut Ozil has gone cold. A move to Barcelona was said to be close to completion but then fizzled out and Sir Alex Ferguson appears to be unwilling to pay the asking price for the talented German international who could well be nabbed for nothing next summer. A move for Portuguese international Raul Meireles would also be a wise one as in many ways the FC Porto man offers something different to the Old Trafford side, something they may be in more need of.

The 27 year old is very much like two midfielders in one. He is a tough tackler, determined and relentless but also has a fair amount of skill and is able to make things happen when going forward and has an eye for goal and is able to bring others into the play also. Some have drawn similarities to Paul Scholes and there are understandable comparisons to be made in the two players.

Meireles looked pretty solid whilst on World Cup duty and clearly Ferguson has a liking for bringing in Portuguese players and the talented midfielder is said to have been recommended by Carlos Queiroz and Ferguson will understandably be very willing to follow his former assistant’s advice given that he is the current Portugal national team coach.

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