Manchester United are being linked with a move for a Real Madrid player this summer – but it’s not clear at this stage which player they are actually chasing.
ESPN claims Red Devils officials have flown to the Spanish capital to discuss a deal, and whilst writer Mark Payne claims Luka Modric’s arrival would be welcome, he offers little in the way of evidence that this is the player being pursued.
Spanish website Punto Pelota has no issue in offering much more specific claims, with journalist Siro Lopez stating Manchester United were preparing a £40million offer for the player, who wants the move if Gareth Bale arrives at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The question is, do we believe him? No, is the answer.
But, a move for Ozil would make sense, given the German’s precocious talent and United’s inability to strengthen the midfield this summer.
Moyes pursued Thiago Alcantara and Cesc Fabregas earlier this summer, but unlike former boss David Moyes, he was unable to lure either to Old Trafford.
If Ferguson was still in charge, would one of the aforementioned two have joined United. It’s impossible to say, but I’d gamble yes.
Sir Alex had a gravitas, a magnetism that lured players to the Premier League champions. And, at this stage, Moyes doesn’t have it.
That’s not to say Moyes won’t get it in the future. Ferguson didn’t start with this appeal, and in many ways the former Everton boss is ahead of the recently retired legend when he first took the reigns.
And, one big signing might just take him to an imaginary next level. If that player was Ozil, then it would send a big message - Manchester United mean business.
Ozil, who came to worldwide attention at the 2010 World Cup before completing a move to Real Madrid, is a creative force at the heart of his national side, and a playmaker capable of splitting any defence in La Liga.
His talent is unquestionable, and at 24 he represents a signing for the long-term future of the club.
He does lack experience in England, something Modric has from his successful spell at Tottenham Hotspur, but there is little to suggest that he couldn't pull the strings in the Premier League.
Modric is three-year's the senior of Ozil, and little split the two last season in terms of appearances. The German is more of a goal threat, although the Croat is reliable when it comes to retaining possession and keeping the team moving in the right direction.
Ozil will give the ball away more, but he'll be trying to make a killer pass at the same time.
In my opinion, the man United really should be chasing is Ozil. He's capable of changing a game, can score goals as well as create, and would certainly get the fans excited. His arrival would also propel the champions back into title contention once again.
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