Should Fergie and Wenger take this transfer punt in January?

England fans will know exactly how devastating Mesut Ozil can be when he’s in form. Unfortunately, Real Madrid just doesn’t seem to have been the right place for him to further his career (as has often been the case for players over the last decade). El Mundo Deportivo has reported that Ozil has grown increasingly discontent over the last couple of weeks at Real Madrid and is seriously considering a move away from the Bernabeu.

It’s difficult to know how much truth there is to their claims. It’s certainly true that he hasn’t enjoyed his best form over the past couple of months. Then there’s the spectre of Kaka , who has slowly but surely started to rediscover some of the form that had him lauded as one of the world’s best players just a couple of years ago.

It could well be the case that Mesut has decided he’s no longer satisfied with spending time on the bench (he’s yet to complete a full 90 minutes this season) and is looking to join a team where he’d be playing week in and week out.

Furthermore, his Dad recently made some strange comments regarding the set-up of this Real Madrid team. Comments that might find him somewhat ostracised at the club. He said:

“My son runs between 12 and 14 kilometres every game, collects the ball deep and then distributes it forward, which requires much expenditure of energy. Look at how Barca play. There they have 10 players working for Messi. At Real Madrid, Mesut wears the same No 10 [shirt] but the rest don’t work for him.”

Inter Milan are said to be interested in the player, whilst Ozil himself has confessed (back in 2009): “my dream is to play for Barcelona ”. Given that Barca recently bought Cesc Fabregas I can’t see them making any further additions in this area. So could Ozil be tempted by a move to the Premier League?

Arsenal are in desperate need of replacing Cesc Fabregas and Ozil seems to fit the bill. Manchester United were thought to be seeking a replacement for Scholes over the summer and may still be in the market this January.

Given that Real Madrid have Sami Khedira, Xaxi Alonso and Kaka to play in Ozil’s position, it’s plausible that they’d be willing to let him go to a Premier League side.

Is it worth Manchester United or Arsenal making a bid during the January transfer window? I could see Arsenal really benefiting from a signing of this quality.

Article courtesy of Harry Cloke from This is Futbol

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