Believe it or not, Liverpool are said to be after Real Madrid’s talented German Mesut Ozil. The source may well be The People, but there’s no reason to write off the rumour just yet. Various reports are suggesting that Jose Mourinho has handed the midfield dynamo an ultimatum.
Apparently Jose has made it clear that if he doesn’t find some form – and quick, then his Real Madrid days are numbered. After a wildly successful first season at the club (wherein he picked up 28 assists in all competitions) where he was at the heart of everything Real Madrid did, he has slowly found himself squeezed out this year.
The nadir of his season came following the barrage of criticism he received from fans after Madrid’s El Classico defeat. He has found himself warming the bench more often than he’d like this season and when he does play he looks a far cry from the player he was a year ago.
There’s every chance that he’d be keen to seek new horizons and a chance to reignite a faltering career. There’s no doubt that if he could get back to his best, he’d soon establish himself as one of the League’s best midfielders. Whether he has already peaked is anybody’s guess, but you can’t help but feel that he could do a great job for Liverpool.
But is any Liverpool interest likely to be genuine? In reality, it’s highly doubtful. Liverpool spent big this summer and already have a midfield that is flowing pretty well. If anything, following Lucas Leivas’ season-ending injury Liverpool should be looking out for a defensive midfielder, not a dynamic offensive presence like Ozil.
Still, it would be the kind of transfer that would act as a real statement of intent for Liverpool. After all, isn’t the thought of Gerrard and Ozil together in the centre of midfield an attractive one?
Ozil has spoken before of desiring a move to Barcelona, but seeing as they signed Cesc Fabregas last summer, I doubt that they’ll be too interested in bringing in a player who hasn’t looked himself recently in La Liga. Perhaps a move to a different League would suit the German International perfectly and spur him on to further success.
Whilst I doubt that there’s much to this story, you can’t help but feel excited at the prospect of Ozil joining the Premier League. If there’s any truth to the ‘Jose Mourinho ultimatum’ story, then surely Liverpool should consider testing the water?
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