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Özil travels to Granada with potential United move in mind

Özil travels to Granada with potential United move in mind

Manchester United are keen on the German and are tracking his situation at the Bernabéu. However, the Red Devils are reluctant to meet his wage demands.

Mesut Özil was part of the Real Madrid squad that travelled to Andalusia to face Granada in Monday’s La Liga clash at Los Cármenes – but his thoughts were on a possible move to Manchester United. The Germany international remains determined to secure an improved Madrid pay deal that would see him earn seven million euros a season after tax (two million more than he is currently paid). Özil’s father and agent informed Madrid of the request during talks at the end of last season, but was unable to convince the club to agree to the new deal.

Against this backdrop, United have continued to track Özil’s situation at the Bernabéu, and have maintained contact with the player’s advisers. However, the English champions are reluctant to meet the 24-year-old’s salary wishes. The salary cap at Old Trafford currently stands at the 6.5 million a year earned by star striker Robin van Persie. Signing the German – and making him the best-paid player at the club – could have a negative effect on the United dressing room. This stumbling block could feasibly be overcome by including a loyalty bonus, much like the one inserted in Van Persie’s deal, which would see Özil pick up an extra payment if he saw out the duration of his contract at the Red Devils.

Real Madrid, aware of Özil’s intentions, expect an initial offer of around 45 million euros in the coming hours.

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