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Double Blow For Arsenal As World Class Duo Rule Out Moves
We’ve been dealt a double transfer blow today with both Mesut Ozil and Angel Di Maria insisting they have no desire to leave Real Madrid.
We’ve been strongly linked with both attackers in recent days with Madrid believed to be keen on selling at least one if not both players in order to raise money to fund their move for Gareth Bale.
Di Maria was seen as the more attainable and reports suggested we were fighting it out with Galatasaray for the 25-year-old winger. However, the Argentinean international has been quoted today as saying that he want’s to stay at the Bernabeu:
“I understand that the club is strengthening and they are precise in what they do,”
“But I signed up to 2018 just a year ago and my desire is to stay in the Bernabeu.” Di Maria is quoted as saying by Sky Sports
Ozil always seemed an unlikely move to me but speculation that he was unhappy with his role at Madrid intensified after he stormed down the tunnel when he was substituted early in the second half during Madrid’s 1-0 win over Granada on Monday.
Us, along with Man Utd, have reportedly been showing a keen interest in bringing him to the Premier League and while the 24-year-old has welcomed interest in his services, he’s once again ruled out a move away from Madrid.
“I feel really good at Madrid. I have a contract here until 2016. It is an honour to play with this team,”
“I appreciate them [Arsenal and Manchester United] interested in me but my decision is clear: stay here.” Ozil is quoted as saying by the Independent
So it seems that the world class players we’re targetting don’t actually want to leave. Not exactly an ideal situation as we enter the final five days of the transfer window, is it?
The good news for us is that we’re one of the only clubs in Europe who’re cash rich. If Madrid really do need to sell to finance their move for Bale, we’ve got as good a chance as anyone else of signing one of their ‘cast offs’.
Also, Ozil and Di Maria may not want to leave – not many players do want to leave Madrid afterall – but they might not have much say in the matter if the Spaniard’s decide to sell. If they are forced out the door and we’re offering them guaranteed regular first team football ahead of next summers World Cup, there’s no reason to think we couldn’t pull off a major coup or two.
I’m still skeptical but I wouldn’t rule out anything just yet. Once monkey-boy finally seals his move, the dominoes might start to fall our way.
Who should we go for if we can’t land Ozil or Di Maria?