Chelsea on alert as Kaka and Rafael van der Vaart near Real Madrid exit

20 July 2010 06:53
Real Madrid are once again ready to twist the knife into Roman Abramovich's grand plans with an £18million move for Germany's World Cup star Mesut Ozil.

In demand: Ozil is being courted by a number of clubs

The 21-year-old Werder Bremen midfielder is the most coveted player in Europe, but Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has made a bold move to line up Ozil, plus his national team-mates Sami Khedira of Stuttgart and Mario Gomez from Bayern Munich, for a combined £58million.

Not satisfied with wrecking Chelsea's Champions League dream with Inter Milan last season, the former Stamford Bridge darling is destined to leave his old employer bristling with envy once again. 

The fall-out at Real Madrid will be intriguing. As Sportsmailrevealed last month, the entrance door for Liverpool's Steven Gerrardno longer seems ajar as Madrid president Florentino Perez demandsyounger players of better value.

Chelsea targets Kaka andRafael van der Vaart may be heading for the exit. With Khedira to come,Xabi Alonso pivotal and Angel Di Maria competing with Cristiano Ronaldoon the wing, there will be little room for manoeuvre.

Chelseamay have little desire to take scraps from the Real Madrid table butKaka is no mere crumb of comfort while Van der Vaart still has plentyto offer as one of his fans, Chelsea director of football FrankArnesen, will testify.

When Ozil left Gareth Barry and Co floundering during their World Cup humiliation, England took notice.

Abramovich was transfixed and decided then this was the player Chelseahad to have. A devout Muslim of Turkish descent, Ozil's quick feet andspeed of thought have long marked him out as a star. Bremen thought asmuch when they splashed out £4million for him as an 18-year-old - arecord German sum for a teenager.

Stars out: Kaka and Van der Vaart are not part of Mourinho's plan for Real Madrid

'He's like a ghost, the way he arrives into the box unnoticed,' said one Manchester United scout. Yet it seems the obvious luxuries and the allure of the Premier League are not enough for the wunderkind from Gelsenkirchen.

Arsenal have watched him for two years; Manchester City, of course, were interested; Manchester United asked to be kept informed - having first courted him as a teenager - but Ozil, the self-confessed Barcelona fan who Franz Beckenbauer compares to Lionel Messi, has instead set his sights on becoming the new idol of the Bernabeu.

All eyes are now on Ozil and his fellow Germans to see which way they jump. Bremen general manager Klaus Allofs says he has not given up the 'ghost' but Madrid insiders claim the deal is close.

Allofs said: 'I have been told by the newspapers about these reports. But I insist that we have received no enquiries or offers for the player.

'We remain in regular contact with Mesut and his agent. We had our ideas but we have not been able to bring this to an end. We are not angry, no way. We intend to keep on trying.'

It looks like the Special One has beaten everyone to it.

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Source: Daily_Mail