Arsenal are close to pulling off the transfer of Real Madrid attacking midfielder Mesut Ozil. The 24 year old German international will cost Arsenal roughly £42 million in a fee that smashes the Gunner’s transfer record. The signing comes on a dramatic transfer deadline day after manager Arsene Wenger finally decided to spend some money this summer. The signing of Ozil also follows the completion of Gareth Bale’s transfer to Real Madrid from Tottenham after a summer of speculation and negotiations, but could have Spurs stopped Ozil’s transfer to their fierce rivals?
Bale’s world record £85 million transfer to Real has forced other Madrid stars out of the door. The Welsh winger would have joined a packed attacking midfield including Ronaldo, Di Maria, Isco, Kaka and Ozil with only 3 spaces available. Since his arrival Kaka has returned to his former club AC Milan and Ozil is on the verge of completing his move to Arsenal. By forcing Ozil out of Madrid, Spurs have strengthened Arsenal. However, if Spurs stalled Bale’s transfer by a few hours they could have forced Real to keep hold of their German playmaker in case Bale’s transfer suddenly collapsed. Ozil though is now on the verge of becoming an Arsenal player, and will undoubtedly add quality to the squad as well as being a big name for the club’s fans to enjoy having missed out on Higuain and Suarez this summer.
Having already lost to Arsenal only this Sunday, the last thing Spurs would have wanted to do is strengthen the Gunner’s starting 11, however, it would seem that Tottenham have done so.