Manchester United and Arsenal target Mesut Ozil has intensified speculation about his future at the Santiago Bernabeu following intriguing behaviour after Real Madrid's victory over Granada on Monday.
The Germany international has been linked with a move to Old Trafford or the Emirates Stadium before the transfer deadline, as the seemingly imminent signing of Gareth Bale raises questions about his profile in Madrid.
According to ESPN, Ozil is allowing his frustrations in Madrid to boil over and, after initially walking straight down the tunnel following his substation against Granada, proceeded to avoid the post-match debrief and sit alone on the team bus.
Ozil is reported to have headed straight for the bus after the match, and did not return to the dressing room with his teammates or speak to the journalists assembled in the mixed zone.
This behaviour is likely to provide Manchester United and Arsenal with hope they can claim the signature of the 24-year-old, as David Moyes and Arsene Wenger strive to make reinforcements before September 2.
Moyes' want for a midfielder of some repute has been well-documented over the past few months, and Ozil could provide the Manchester United manager with the creative influence he seemingly craves.
Wenger, meanwhile, is under pressure to recruit before the close of the transfer window, with Arsenal having so far having welcomed only Yaya Sanago - a free signing - through the door this summer.
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