Spanish giants Real Madrid are considering trying to bring back German international midfielder Mesut Ozil, should they decide to part company with James Rodriguez, according to Spanish football website Donbalon.
Madrid have previously been linked with a move for Alexis Sanchez, with his fine form convincing the La Liga side that the man who once lined up against them for league rivals Barcelona would be well suited to life in the Spanish capital (via the Daily Star). They’ve now changed targets however, with Özil being touted as a James replacement.
The 24-year-old Colombian international has had several run ins with Real Madrid boss Rafa Benitez, and is now the latest player to become disillusioned by the former Liverpool boss, leading Spanish sports newspaper Marca to run a story with the simple one word headline “Harto” which in Spanish means “Fed up”.
The problem is that James Rodriguez thinks that Benitez does not see him as a starter for Los Blancos, even though the South American feels he should be the team’s regular No.10.
As things stand at present it seems very possible that James is heading for a summer exit from the Santiago Bernabeu, with the Real Madrid hierarchy starting to look for a suitable replacement.
One name doing the rounds is Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil, and considering the banner season he is having – with the midfielder already racking up 13 assists – it’s hardly surprising. Bookmakers have cut the odds of him being named PFA Player-of-the-Year (via Odds Checker), which will only see Madrid’s interest magnify.
Real Madrid reportedly believe that the German international has matured since moving to play in the Premiere League, and that now aged 27 he is in his prime.
Donbalon also suggests that club president Florentino Perez would not mind paying Arsenal a premium to bring the Emirates crowd favorite back to Spain after having sold him to Arsenal in September of 2013 for a fee believed to be around £42.5 million (via the Daily Star).