Manchester United make move for Mesut Özil, per report

Denis Doyle

Arsenal may get beat out for Mesut Özil's signature.

Mesut Özil may make a move to the Premier League, but if he does, he won't necessarily be joining Arsenal. Manchester United have apparently made contact with the players representatives and may try to sign him from under the Gunners' noses.

United nearly signed Özil three years ago, but he chose to join Real Madrid instead of the Red Devils. Regardless, he may make his way to Old Trafford now. Arsenal seemed to be on track to sign him for more than £42 million, but reports have indicated that wages could keep him from joining the Gunners -- and it looks as if the Red Devils are ready to pounce.

The arrival of Gareth Bale has left Özil on the outs at the Bernabeu and England appears ready to make way for him. The question is which club will pony up for him -- not in transfer fee, but in wages -- and if Sky is to be believed, that bodes well for Manchester United.

Özil wouldn't fix any of United's problems seeing as he is not the type of central midfielder the club need, but he is a world-class player who would give the Red Devils one of the most creative players in the league. There isn't a club in the world that isn't better for having Özil, but he cannot be David Moyes' only signing because central midfielder is still the club's No. 1 priority.

For Arsenal, any signing is a priority and, after reportedly coming so close to smashing their club record fee for Özil, their supporters will not take well to missing out on such a good player because of wages.

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