A FIFA agent, Francois Gallardo, who is almost notorious for spreading false rumours of transfer deals, has reported that Manchester United are keen on signing German attacking midfielder Mesut Ozil, Intereconomia reports. Having earlier claimed that Gareth Bale would join Real Madrid, a deal that appears far from being completed, Gallardo has claimed that United, who have not added a marquee name to their roster yet, are in the hunt for talented midfielder Ozil, and are willing to shell out nearly 40 million pounds for his signature.
Despite Gallardo's previous history (he once claimed Drogba would join Barcelona and that John Terry would join Valencia), there might be some truth to this issue. Ozil, who has been a key figure at Real Madrid over the past few years, remains one of the finest and most intelligent players in world football. Last season, after Madrid's loss to Bayern Munich inspired the signing of Croatian midfielder Luka Modric in an attempt to replicate Toni Kroos' role in that semi-final loss, where he dropped deep and provided a passing option in midfield, Ozil might have thought his role was in danger, as he could have potentially been benched or pushed to the flanks in big games. However, Mourinho's reluctance to use Modric and Ozil's fine performances ensured that that didn't happen.