Midfield wizard may not have transferred to Arsenal as the club's rivals reportedly turned to dark arts.
Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United have been implicated in a deadline day undermining of Arsenal's pursuit of one of the most significant listed players within the summer market, according to reports.
Arsene Wenger alerted the press to a potential surprise signing after his Gunners sealed a slender 1-0 victory over bitter local rivals Spurs on Sunday, but his pursuit of elite playmaking German Mesut Ozil was threatened by last minute interference from Daniel Levy, CEO at Tottenham, as well as staff at United.
Due to the player sales of Luka Modric and Gareth Bale, sold from Tottenham Hotpsur to Real Madrid for a combined £118m, a 'special relationship' has been rumoured to be forged by the two clubs.
That relationship, though, was strained in the past week as Real became frustrated with Tottenham's delaying of the Bale transfer while Spurs did not appreciate the Spanish side constructing a stage designed to unveil the Welshman before a deal had been officially ratified.
Furthermore, as per a report in El Confidencial, Levy is said to have felt 'betrayed' when he became aware that Real were readying the sale of Ozil to Arsenal, especially when the 24-year-old was a player the Lilywhites were interested in as part of a player exchange, only to be told he was not on the market in July and August.
It has been implied that Levy telephoned Real club president Florentino Perez about Ozil and the player's future, but was told that there was little that could be done as he was already on his way to the Gunners.
Manchester United, too, have been said to have looked into the possibility of sabotaging Arsenal's push for a marquee recruit, as The Mirror claim that, following on from David Moyes' failure to land Ander Herrera, the club called Real in order to enquire about Ozil. Like Tottenham, though, they were too late as an agreement with Arsenal was already in place.
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