Mesut Ozil

Manchester United have sensationally joined the race to sign Real Madrid’s German international midfielder Mesut Ozil, according to Sky Sources.

Arsenal were widely reported earlier on transfer deadline day to have made a club record bid of around 42.5 million for Ozil, which had been accepted by the Spanish giants. The Gunners were said to be in advanced talks to sign Ozil following Gareth Bale’s world record move from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid was completed last night.

The twist in the tale according to Sky Sports News is that David Moyes, who has been rebuffed in his attempts to sign an attacking midfielder replacement for the retired Paul Scholes after every corner (multiple bids made for Barca’s Cesc Fabregas and Everton’s Mathieu Flamini all turned down, Thiago himself looked close to join Old Trafford before being lured to Bayern Munich by his old boss Pep Guardiola and then most recently a bid for Ander Herrera rejected by Athletic Bilbao), has now turned his attention to a player Sir. Alex Ferguson was first interested in after the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Sky Sports News claim Ozil’s representatives are now in talks with the Red Devils over a move to Manchester United, which must be completed before the 11pm transfer window shuts tonight.

After some impressive performances at that tournament, Ozil made the move from Werder Bremen to Real Madrid in the summer of 2010 and has now made over 155 appearances for the Bernabeu club. But with competition for places looking extremely strong following the signing of Bale and with World Cup places to fight for ahead of the tournament in Brazil next summer, Ozil must now consider his options after strong interest from the Premier League.

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