If every football rumour that you heard was true then Manchester United’s current attack would include Messi, Ronaldo and Gareth Bale. Of course much of the motivation for such hype is to get people reading.
On the flip side, even some of the more crazy sounding stories regularly have a strand of truth. Suarez to Barcelona, RvP to Manchester United, Welbeck to Arsenal. All started as seemingly outlandish rumours but each example ultimately proved that anything can happen in football.
So no one should be too surprised if, after just over one year at the club, Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil moves back to Germany in January.
The Guardian, among others, reports today that Munchen could well be the next destination for the off form attacking midfielder.
…the German international is fed up with being played out of position by his manager Arsène Wenger and wants to move elsewhere in January. Currently sidelined for up to three months with a knee injury, reports suggest the 25-year-old from Gelsenkirchen could be the subject of a £30m bid from Bayern Munich during the next transfer window.
We think that perhaps the only unrealistic part of the report is the fee being mooted. Having signed the lad for £42.5m Arsenal would want to recoup most of their cash. But we think that they may even struggle to get £30m. Because, on recent form, Ozil looks anything but a world beater.
But some players simply can’t get out of a mental rut once they fall into one. And there is a sense that, even so early in his Arsenal career, Ozil is on a terminal downward trajectory unless he moves. A change is needed for Mesut to start firing again and a return to his homeland could be just the tonic.