Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has been linked with a shock move to Bayern Munich by certain sources today, but these reports have been dismissed by a top German newspaper.
Bild claim that there is nothing in the rumour, and add that Pep Guardiola is content with Mario Gotze and Thomas Muller as his two main attacking midfield options.
Guardiola not interested in Ozil
That Guardiola is not interested in paying €40 million for Ozil, who has struggled since joining the Emirates Stadium, should come as no surprise.
The German World Cup winner has failed to produce his best form with the north London outfit since leaving Real Madrid last summer and currently looks bereft of confidence.
It's true that Guardiola knows what Ozil is capable of - the Catalan coach came up against the Germany international on numerous occasions during his time managing Barcelona - but the Arsenal playmaker does not fall into the category of player that the current Bayern Munich boss would usually buy.
Ozil would not fit Bayern Munich's system
Ozil's lack of work ethic is often called into question, but Guardiola likes players who press from the front and give their all for the full 90 minutes.
Guardiola would probably regard Ozil as a luxury player. Furthermore, the Germany international would not fit into Bayern Munich's current system.
In Saturday's 2-0 win over Stuttgart, Guardiola used a Barcelona-style 4-3-3 formation, with Xabi Alonso used as the team's focal point in central midfield.
Alonso, who played alongside Ozil at Real Madrid, completed an astonishing 125 passes - the most any player in the Bundesliga has recorded this so far season.
It's hard to imagine Guardiola sacrificing Gotze or Muller in order to accommodate Ozil, who is nowhere near as versatile as his two German compatriots.
Ozil looks lost at Arsenal
Ozil has often been deployed on the left wing by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, but the attacking midfielder looks lost out wide. Gunners supporters are keen to see him played in his natural position, but Wenger has a set system and is unable to accommodate Ozil in his favoured number ten position.
Arsenal paid a club-record £42.4 million fee for Ozil at the end of last summer and, having had a season to adjust, this was supposed to be the campaign where the club's fans would see the best of the playmaker.
But it's been an inauspicious start to the 2014/15 campaign, with Ozil failing to make an impact in any of his appearances so far this term.
Regardless of how he plays between now and January, though, it seems extremely unlikely that he will be heading to Bayern Munich.
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