Tottenham Tried To Use Gareth Bale Deal To Stop Arsenal Signing Mesut Ozil

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Spurs did not want Ozil moving to Emirates Stadium.

Tottenham tried to inset a clause into Gareth Bale’s contract to prevent Real Madrid from selling Mesut Ozil to Arsenal, according to the Telegraph.

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Spurs did not want Los Blancos to sell four named players, including Ozil, to another Premier League club for a year as part of the £85m agreement to take Bale to the Santiago Bernabeu last summer.

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Karim Benzema, Angel Di Maria and Fabio Coentrao were the other three players.

Spurs allegedly were interested in signing the quartet, including Ozil, as part of Bale’s complicated world-record move to Spain but Ozil was not interested in joining a non-Champions League club, while Coentrao’s wage demands proved too high.

In the end, no agreement could be reached and Ozil joined Arsenal for £42.5m a day after Bale’s move was official announced.

Although the German has been a slight disappointment for the Gunners, he undoubtedly gave the whole club a lift after signing and boss Arsene Wenger has insisted the playmaker will be at his best next season.

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