The writing was on the wall for Mesut Ozil. On the same day Gareth Bale was finally announced as a Real Madrid player, the German string-puller found himself on the bench for his side’s 3-1 win over Athletic Bilbao.
Rumours from Madrid suggest that when given the choice by President Perez between keeping Angel Di Maria or Ozil, Real manager Carlo Ancelotti picked the Argentinian.
So it comes as no surprise that the Spanish media are reporting that the Bernabeu club have agreed a fee of €45m with Arsenal for the midfielder, making the Gunners the 1/5 favourites to be the club Ozil is playing for come September 4.
However, those same reports indicate that despite the fee being agreed, the player himself isn’t too sweet on a move to north London, preferring instead to stay in Madrid and fight for his place.
The news will come as no surprise to Arsenal fans, who’ve seen a number of high profile names, including Gonzalo Higuain and Luis Suarez, slip through their grasp this summer, so the price of 6/4 for the German to still be in Madrid on September 4 looks an extremely good bet.
It is clear that the prospect of joining a trophy-less cause in Arsenal doesn’t appeal to Ozil, and with Manchester United reportedly making deadline day contact with the German international’s representatives, Arsene Wenger may well miss out on yet another headline purchase.
At 6/1 to land the German’s signature, Manchester United are seen as outsiders to strike a deal, but after a goalless encounter with Chelsea and 1-0 defeat to Liverpool, David Moyes must be frantic to add to his squad.
Without a single recognised first team signing to date, Moyes’ ability to attract the big names is being called into question, and the capture of Ozil would silence those mutterings.
Meanwhile Paris Saint-Germain, rated as the 11/1 long shots in the market, have remained quiet on any interest thus far.