Manchester United rejected Özil to focus on other targets

Published 8 Comments

Football News

Manchester United reportedly rejected the opportunity to sign Mesut Özil before his transfer to Arsenal in favour of focusing on the acquisition of a midfielder in possession of more domineering qualities.

According to the Daily Mail, Özil was offered to Manchester United in mid-August by the player's father, who is also his agent, only for the Premier League champions to resist the chance to sign the Real Madrid playmaker.

Manchester United, it is claimed, had decided that the recruitment of a more defensive-minded midfielder was a priority, with the club instead looking to the likes of Daniele De Rossi of Roma and Real Madrid's Sami Khedira.

However, as David Moyes' troubles in the transfer window persisted, the club are reported to revived their interest in Özil as they looked to make a signing of some repute before the deadline.

Manchester United are said to have been in contact with Real Madrid in the final hours of the transfer period, with the Spanish giants reported to have been willing to sell the player to the Red Devils as late as 8pm.

A bid made by Moyes, however, did not match that of the one on the table from Arsenal, with Özil eventually moving to the Emirates Stadium in a club record deal worth in the region of £42.5 million.

After losing out to the Gunners in pursuit of the Germany international, Manchester United made Everton's Marouane Fellaini their only marquee of the summer.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Manchester United

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again