United and Chelsea chase cut price World Cup ace

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Manchester United and Chelsea are battling to sign Germany’s World Cup ace Mesut Ozil in a cut price deal, according to reports.

Sir Alex Ferguson is a known admirer of the Werder Bremen starlet having almost snapped him up as a teenager and is ready to rekindle his interest now.

Chelsea have lost playmaker Joe Cole on a free transfer but have replaced him with Yossi Benayoun and are still in the market for new signings.

The 21-year-old has insisted he is commited to seeing out his contract with the Bundesliga side but, with just a year to run, Bremen are keen to cash in on him rather than lose him for nothing next summer.

According to The Sun, Bremen initially held out for £20 million but have since almost halved their asking price to around £12 million.

Ozil impressed for Germany, helping to annihilate both England and Argentina as Joachim Low’s young side finished a creditable third.

Bremen would have been in a great position to demand huge sums of money for the sensation had his cintract been sorted out before the tournament but will now have to cut down their price.

Fergie is not expecting to spend too much more money but he will want to find the cash from somewhere, even if that means losing a player.

Dimitar Berbatov and Anderson have all been linked with a move away from Old Trafford and could be used to raise the much needed cash.

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