With Gareth Bale on the brink of leaving Tottenham Hotspur and joining Real Madrid in what will be a record-breaking transfer; one of the current Galacticos might need to leave the Bernabéu in order to ensure sufficient game time.
There is no doubt that Mesut Özil is one of the finest attacking midfielders in world football; highly sought-after when he performed impeccably for Werder Bremen, followed by his impressive World Cup campaign for Germany in 2010. It was Real Madrid that won the race to sign the 24-year-old.
Although he has been a great playmaker for Real Madrid; backed up by his knack of assisting goals, that alone may not be enough to ensure that Özil is guaranteed first-team football, either he drops to the substitutes' bench or may be forced to play a deeper role or perhaps even on the left; however we know Özil flourishes when he plays through the middle.
If Daniel Levy finally allows the Bale-Madrid move to go ahead, this could mean one of the current Real Madrid midfielders could be getting less playing time, these players will most likely be Özil as mentioned, or even Angel Di Maria.
New Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has opted to use new signing Isco through the middle and even Luka Modric will be needed as cover for Xabi Alonso, if Gareth Bale does complete his move his position in the team is pretty much guaranteed, he could be allowed a free role, or even take over from Özil; and for Ozil’s career; he would need to consider a move away from the Bernabéu.
In step Manchester United, who themselves are in dire need of an attacking midfielder, in fact at this point they are in desperate need of any signing, not only a marquee purchase.
David Moyes has been under pressure ever since he took over the reins, and rightfully so, he should feel the pressure as he would need to cope with that as the new Manchester United boss, and so far he hasn’t had the most successful of transfer windows.
Moyes has said on numerous occasions that Manchester United are in the market for quality signings, with names such as Cesc Fabregas, Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines not coming to fruition as of late, Mesut Özil could be the one signing the club makes.
If he does pick up the phone to Real Madrid, he would need to be quick as the 2nd of September deadline is fast approaching.
The Daily Express have reported that Manchester United are lining up a sizeable bid for the playmaker, as Moyes wants to take advantage of the Gareth Bale move by putting in a bid of £43million, shattering their previous transfer record of £30.75million; which was paid to sign Dimitar Berbatov from Tottenham Hotspur.
Yes, Özil has recently said that he would like to continue at Madrid as his contract runs up until 2016, but perhaps a £43million fee would be too high for Madrid to turn down; plus Özil stormed straight down the tunnel following his substitution against Granada last week. Who knows, that could become a regularity once Bale does arrive.
Manchester United should comfortably be able to afford his wages, which could pass the £200k mark and this signing would certainly lift a huge burden off Moyes’ shoulders as Manchester United fans continue to highlight the fact that they need a signing.
Even with Shinji Kagawa in the team, Özil does have what it takes to succeed at Manchester United, especially providing the creativity they have been lacking over the past couple of seasons.
Plus, with the backing of Michael Carrick, Anderson and Tom Cleverley behind him and with the in-form Robin van Persie in front of him; he will link up well with both midfield, and the attack.
Now it is simply a waiting game, for both clubs as Real Madrid want to unveil Bale as quickly as possible, and Manchester United would like to make a big name signing, and what better way to put your stamp on the club than snapping up Mesut Özil; however unlikely that may be.
What do you Manchester United fans think; will David Moyes finally be able to sign a big-name player in the form of Mesut Özil? Have your say in the comments below.
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