Manchester City to battle title rivals for Real Madrid star

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Manchester City are preparing an audacious January raid for Real Madrid star Mesut Ozil, according to the Daily Star.

Ozil now faces regular competition at the Bernabeu from summer arrival Luka Modric having previously been an automatic starter, and the Citizens are apparently ready to exploit that with a January bid.

According to the Star, Manchester City are ready to make a move for their man, who has also been linked with a move to Manchester United and Liverpool in the past.

Last month the Mirror claimed that Liverpool were also hoping to exploit the ex-Werder Bremen attacker’s perilous situation, while Manchester United are said to be keen on adding his attacking talents to their line up at Old Trafford.

The 24-year-old’s team-mates have previously come out in support of the German in his bid to hold down a regular spot.

Defender Sergio Ramos wore Ozil's No.10 under his own jersey with the intention to reveal the midfielder's shirt if he scored during Madrid’s 5-1 win over Deportivo La Coruna last month – an act interpreted as a sign that all is not well under coach Jose Mourinho.

Madrid slipped to 11 points behind rivals Barcelona in the Primera League table following a 1-0 defeat against Real Betis on Saturday.

Ozil started that game but was hauled off at half-time, while he failed to make it onto the pitch altogether during Madrid’s 1-1 Champions League draw with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium last week.

The Citizens have been credited with an interest in a host of La Liga stars in recent weeks ahead of what many anticpate being a busy transfer window for Roberto Mancini. Cesc Fabregas, Sergio Busquets and Radamel Falcao have all been linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium.

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