A few days ago, Sir Alex was spotted at the Fulham vs Werder Bremen warm up match which is highly unusual because he rarely scouts himself nowadays, preferring to send Man Utd's trusted corps of senior scouts to do that job. It was surmised he was checking out Oezil.
So is it going to be Man Utd as per The Guardian? Or Barca which according to Spanish newspapers have aleady tabled an offer of €12 to 15 million. In fact, Ozil supposedly met up with club representatives in Palma de Mallorca and agreed in principle to a transfer deal. Any approach by Barca has been denied strenuously by Oezil and Werder Bremen.
Pep Guardiola has maintained that his complement of younger players are more than ready to step in and he sees no urgency to enter the transfer market again.
Now, it is Chelsea as per The Times that seems to have entered the fray in a serious way. The club just finalized the transfer deal of Deco to Fluminese and is looking for a playmaker. The Chelsea deal is being brokered by Vlado Lemic, a Serbian agent who has very good contacts with the Werder Bremen general manager Klaus Allofs. A offer of €15.6 million is being prepared.
It is in Werder's interest to sell Oezil this season because they can make a profit on the skyrocketing interest in him after his World Cup performance. Next year, his contract runs out making him available on a free transfer.