Spanish newspaper El Confidencial have revealed Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy contacted Real Madrid to try and stop Mesut Özil’s transfer to North London rivals Arsenal.
The German completed a £42.4 million move on deadline day to gazump Arsenal’s transfer record by a cool £27 million, however Levy tried his best to stop the Gunners from landing the talented German.
It is believed Levy had inquired about the availability of the former Werder Bremen playmaker during negotiations regarding Gareth Bale but the club declared he was not for sale. However, Bale’s arrival and Real’s need to recoup as much money as possible added with Özil’s own feelings saw the player become available but by the time Levy had called to try and stump the deal, the transfer was already complete.
The revelation comes just days after Levy’s Spurs were defeated by the Gunners with the chairman accused of purposely holding up the deal to prevent Arsenal from signing any of Madrid’s players in time.
Although, a clever act by a clever businessman, his plan ultimately failed as the Emirates side managed to secure a deal for the 24-year old which will ultimately lift Arsenal and could a complete new level to their play.