August 12, 2010
Real Madrid still wants Mesut Ozil
Werder Bremen midfielder Mesut Oezil has once more come to the attention of Real Madrid after reports, denied by all involved in Germany, that Barcelona had agreed a fee.
Madrid coach Jose Mourinho, a keen admirer of Oezil, will try to capture the midfielder once more if a third striker can't be added to his ranks. The coach wants to allow more versatility for the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo to play up top if needed, according to Marca.
Unable to find a young striker good enough and at the right price, Oezil will be able to cover a wide range of positions across the midfield which Mou has taken note of.
The problem remains in coming up with a fee tempting enough for Bundesliga side Werder, a figure Marca have touted at around €25 million. This would put off most clubs for any player with one year left on their contract, unless there is further interest from Barcelona.
Both Mourinho and Pep Guardiola will unquestionably not want the other to have such a versatile asset, which could leave Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United the chance to trump the Spaniards with a bid neither can afford to match.
Oezil himself has been calm over the situation, stating he will remain at Werder Bremen, but next year's promise of a lottery for the player's service could force the hand of the most interested party before September.