Madrid 'on verge' of surprise move for Arsenal and United target

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Mesut Ozil is set to turn down the chance to move to the Premier League in favour of Real Madrid, according to reports in the Spanish press.

Yesterday United apparently posted a player profile of the 21-year-old on their official website, leading to reports they had snapped him up.

However, reports in Spanish newspaper AS, the Werder Bremen man is on the verge of signing a five-year deal at the Bernabeu.

The reports claim Jose Mourinho‘s team will pay around 16 million euros (£13 million), which is much more than first expected.

Ozil had admitted being happy to stay with the Bundesliga side but, with just one year remaining on his contract, they are desperate to cash in on the prodigy.

Germany head coach Joachim Low recently urged Ozil to move to Barcelona, saying: “You have to remember that playing for Barcelona is very special for a footballer.”

And Ozil himself has admitted to being a Barca fan, so a move to their arch rivals would come as a shock.

The wonderkid said: “I have been a fan of Barcelona since childhood. I cannot describe exactly what it is, but there is something that I love about the team.

“They’ve always had the best players. Playing for Barcelona has always been my dream and some day I hope to achieve it.”

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