Date: 10th August 2010 at 5:47pm
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Following the signing of Benayoun, Carlo hinted that we may be in for two more names.

The Ramires deal seems to be still on, though reports suggest that he is having issues getting a work permit. With that in mind, fresh reports have emerged with The Times suggesting that we are close to agreeing a £13million deal for Mesut Ozil with Werder Bremen.

However no official word has been received on the subject. This link in particular is a confusing one. The reason I bring it up at all is because I feel that it does slightly make sense. At least more so than some of our other links.

Just 2 days ago Werder’s club Coach said that he expected Ozil to stay on for another season and continue to play. However Werder’s Board probably knows that they have a lot to gain financially in selling him.

The Times report that Chelsea have emerged as front runners and discussions have gone on at a pace in the last 2 days.

Now here is why I think we may have a chance: Apart from us, Ozil listed 3 other clubs that he’d love to play for. United, Barca and Madrid. Of the other three, none are likely candidates anymore.

Here’s why: Man United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has responded to reports claiming he went to see Ozil in the Fulham game by saying :

‘I was there to look at Fulham. Ozil is interesting a lot of teams but at this moment I trust the ones I’ve got. I’ve got a really good squad of players.’

This to add to having already said countless times that he’s happy with his squad… a clear indication that he hasn’t got much left to spend or he probably would have done.

Madrid already have two players ready to play a similar role to Ozil, Kaka and VDV. While Kaka is out for 4 months, Mourinho confirmed that there would be no panic buys and Kaka would be like a new signing upon his January return.

Barca are the likeliest Candidates IMO having given up on Cesc for the time being but many believe that all that stands between the two is a season. With that in mind, Barca coach Pep Guardiola said that he would look at an academy player to take the role Fabregas was intended for and has been playing kids constantly on his Asia tour.

That leaves…. us: While Chelsea have not spoken of any links regarding Mesut… there is a slight hitch in that in order for him to come in, we would either have to put the Ramires deal on hold or sell another foreigner.

The Ozil situation really is intriguing as anything could still happen. For Werder, wait till January and his price drops further… and Wait till June and he goes for Free.

The Jury’s out on this one1

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