It’s believed that Manchester United’s failed move for Sami Khedira forced Real Madrid into selling Mesut Ozil to Arsenal, despite wanting to hold onto the player.
Ozil Joined Arsenal for £42.5m on transfer deadline day, whilst United saw a late £34m move for Khedira fail but El Economista believe that had United made their move for Khedira earlier, Real Madrid would have allowed him to join the Premier League champions.
The report claims that uncertain if United were going to make a move for the midfielder, Real Madrid sanctioned Ozil’s sale to Arsenal in an attempt to recuperate some of the £86m they spent on bringing Gareth Bale to the Spanish capital.
With the wheels already in motion for Ozil’s move to London, when United finally made their move for the Khedira Real Madrid had no option but to reject the offer as they didn’t want to lose both players.
This seems a more plausible explanation for Madrid’s decision to sell Ozil, a player that Madrid fans and players alike appeared to have wanted to stay.