It’s understandable why he’d try to block it because he doesn’t want to see one of Tottenham’s main rivals for a top four place strengthened by the arrival of a player Jose Mourinho called the best number ten in the world.
It’s likely that the rumblings of Arsenal’s interest in Ozil started while Real Madrid and Spurs were concluding that deal for Gareth Bale but if Levy was trying to use Bale’s Tottenham status as a way to block the deal, it’s baffling why he didn’t try to get Ozil coming the other way.
Spurs have made some top quality additions to their midfield this summer but Levy does seem to have missed a trick in the respect that he could have really pushed to get the German included in a swap deal for Bale, even making it a stipulation.
That would have been the best way to make it as difficult as possible for Real Madrid to then sell Ozil to Arsenal and if it had come off then we’d all be gazing in amazement at Tottenham’s genius in snatching the German at the final moment.
It’s a question that will be on the minds of some Tottenham supporters but as much as it would have been an amazing deal, there are also so many obstacles which would have made it difficult.
Firstly, the deal for Bale was clearly very advanced before it finally went through with Bale unveiled as a Real Madrid player earlier in the week.
Ozil’s name may well have come up earlier in negotiations but at the time he was standing firm in his stance that he wouldn’t be leaving the Spanish club.
Had Levy ordered Real Madrid to include Ozil in the deal at the final moment, the Bale transfer could have broken down, leaving Spurs with big bills to play for the players they’ve signed and one extremely unhappy player in Bale.
Secondly, even if Real Madrid had been receptive to the idea of Ozil being included in the Bale deal, it’s unlikely that the player would have agreed to it unless Andre Villas-Boas could have produced some superb vocal skills and convinced him it was the right thing to do.
It sounds like an old, broken record but Spurs not having Champions League football is very significant because Ozil is that sort of elite player who will want to mix it against the best players and the best teams all over Europe.
The final obstacle after getting Real Madrid to include Ozil in the deal and convincing him to move, would have been the personal terms.
Spanish journalist Guillem Balague said one of the reasons Ozil felt undervalued at Real Madrid is because his contract was never improved, with the German wanting a massive new deal.
That’s not something that Daniel Levy probably would have been prepared to offer him because it threatens the structure of the current wage system at Spurs. Had Ozil been granted a mega deal, how long before other Tottenham players started demanding new contracts?
It would have been an awesome deal and it’s likely that it was mentioned at some point during negotiations but clearly there were significant reasons it did not get off the ground.
Do you think Spurs should have pushed to get Ozil included in the deal?
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