Arsenal face battle for Bremen star

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Arsenal have been joined by Chelsea and Manchester City in the race for Werder Bremen star Mesut Ozil.

The German playmaker was the star of the first round of World Cup group matches, showcasing the ability that had led Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger to monitor the player before the tournament began.

Wenger was being linked with a £12 million move for the former Schalke star, but his impressive display against Australia has led to increase in both demand and value. Latest reports place Ozil's value at around the £20 million mark.

21-year-old Ozil made his senior Bundesliga debut in 2006, appearing as a teenager for Die Königsblauen. The January 2008 transfer window saw the German move to Werder, signing a three-year deal at the Weserstadion.

A first international call-up followed in 2009, with Ozil now a regular in Joachim Löw's side.

Ozil is yet to sign a new deal with Werder though, meaning his contract will expire next summer. Thomas Schaaf now has a decision to make, and could look to cash-in on his prized asset.

The Daily Mail reports that Chelsea have made 'tentative' enquiries about the player's availability, although the Gunners were thought to have done the same thing last week.

A transfer battle could ensue this summer, with Ozil's stock certain to rise further should he continue his great starting form in South Africa.

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