Mourinho agrees Ozil deal
Ferguson misses out on Germany's rising star
Last Updated: August 17, 2010 3:54pm
Ozil: Makes move to Spain
Real Madrid have announced that they have agreed a deal with Werder Bremen for rising star Mesut Ozil subject to a medical.
The 21-year-old shot to fame with Germany at this summer's World Cup and Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson admitted his interest in the playmaker, whose contract in his homeland was due to expire in 12 months.
However, Ferguson has been beaten to the signature by old rival Jose Mourinho, who is now in charge at Real, after an undisclosed fee was agreed.
Bremen rejected an initial bid of under £10million from Real, much to the disappointment of Ozil, but it was then reported in Spain on Monday that an £11.5m fee was all but agreed.
Real have now confirmed the deal, with a short statement on their website reading: "Real Madrid and Werder Bremen have reached an agreement for the transfer of Mesut Ozil."
Bremen had forced Real to rush due to the intent of the Bundesliga club's manager, Klaus Allofs, to play Ozil in Wednesday's UEFA Champions League qualifier against Sampdoria.
The youngster would therefore have been cup-tied for Real and Mourinho understandably wanted to avoid that scenario.
Ozil joins fellow Germany international Sami Khedira at the Bernabeu as Mourinho continues to reshape his inherited squad after arriving from European champions Inter Milan at the end of last season.