United wary of Ozil race hotting up

MANCHESTER United are weighing up a formal offer for Mesut Ozil for a cut-price �13.5million deal.

Sir Alex Ferguson was tight lipped about the situation after his team’s win in the Charity Shield against Chelsea, and later responded by saying he was happy with his squad and “did not need to add to it.”

However, the United manager was spotted at Craven cottage on Saturday watching Ozil’s team Werder Bremen play against Fulham in a pre-season friendly, and latter added when asked by reporters: “A lot of clubs are interested in Ozil”, and pointed out that United travel to Fulham as their second fixture in the new season.

He then seemed unsure when he was asked to clarify if the club would make a bid: “I didn’t say that,” was his first response, followed by: “I don’t know.”

Ozil, one of the outstanding performers in the World Cup, is available for a fraction of his true valuation because he is in the last year of his contract with Bremen, and with reports suggesting Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona have all approached the Bundesliga Club, Ferguson would be more concerned with rivals Chelsea hijacking the deal.

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