Transfer deadline day: Arsenal 'close to getting Ozil for £40m-plus'
Gunners' set to purchase Real Madrid midfielder; Moyes makes Ander Herrera his first big signing
ARESENAL are in the closing stages of a £40m-plus deal to buy the German midfielder Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid, according to tweets from several sports journalists. Some are reporting a £42m fee, others say it will go to £46m.
Either way, it would be a club record for Arsenal – easily beating the £15m they spent on Andrei Arshavin. According to the Daily Telegraph, the Gunners have sent club officials to Germany, where Ozil is with the national team, to complete the deal. He will be paid around £150,000 a week. (Following RVP’s departure, Theo Walcott is currently the highest paid player on £105,000 a week.)
Ozil has been linked in the past with both Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain. But Arsene Wenger has been increasingly hopeful of snaring him – especially now that Real need to raise funds after their world record €100m (£85.3m) purchase of Gareth Bale from Tottenham.
Other reports say Ozil isn't the only Arsenal target currently playing at the Bernabeu. Many believe Real midfielder Angel Di Maria could also be Emirates-bound.
The Daily Mirror claims Wenger also has his eye on Schalke defender Julian Draxler in what could turn out to be a deadline day spending spree.
One move that looks more certain is Arsenal's bid for Palermo goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano. Apparently Viviano is in London to undergo a medical this morning with a view to a season-long loan from the Sicilian club.
Meanwhile, Andre Villas-Boas was forced to grin and bear it when, on top of losing to Arsenal yesterday, he had to admit he had lost Bale to Real. "He is going to join Real Madrid so we wish him all the best," said AVB. "He left us with some great memories from last season."
The 24-year-old Welshman, who will be paid £300,000 a week by Real under his six-year contract, was presented with Real Madrid’s Number 11 shirt and introduced to 20,000 fans at the Bernabeu at midday today. Speaking in Spanish, he told them: "It is a dream to be here in Madrid. Thank you for this welcome."
Meanwhile, the Daily Mail reports that Everton have signed the 6ft Porto midfielder Fernando - known as 'The Octopus' because of his leggy style - for £15m. This allows Everton to sell Marouane Fellaini to Manchester United - which means we should be hearing confirmation soon of the hirsute Belgian's arrival at Old Trafford.
As the Mail reports, United fans, seeing their club drop to seventh in the league with only one win from their first three game, were getting anxious that the much-vaunted signing of Fellaini had gone quiet. Now we know why: Everton boss Roberto Martinez needed to be sure Fernando would be granted a work permit. That has now been secured and Fellaini can go.
David Moyes also wanted left-back Leighton Baines - but Everton were not keen to let him go.
Moyes has, however, managed one big signing today, it seems. Manchester United have paid £30.5m for the Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera - only £0.25m short of the club's record fee for Dimitar Berbatov back in 2008. It was reported this afternoon that a fee and terms are agreed for the 24-year-old - the Spaniards are just waiting for the cash to be handed over.
Elsewhere, the Daily Mail reports that Liverpool have signed Victor Moses on a one year loan from Chelsea. The Nigeria international signed for Chelsea from Wigan Athletic for £10m a year ago but his striking powers haven't impressed Jose Mourinho and he is now surplus to requirements at the Bridge.
The Mail says Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has settled on a loan fee believed to be around £1.5m for Moses, though there is no clause in the deal for Liverpool to make the deal permanent next summer, a sign perhaps that Moses might still have a future at Chelsea. ·