Mesut Ozil was not offered to Manchester United during the summer, according to the player’s father, who has now filed a charge against an agent who allegedly forged his signature to initiate talks.
Ozil joined Arsenal in a stunning £42.4 million summer deal, but the joy of Gunners fans threatened to be tainted by the claim United had been offered the chance to sign the German.
However, the player's father, Mustafa Ozil, has access to a document he believes an agent falsely used to open transfer dealings with United. He now intends to bring action against him, as reported by Express.de via ESPNFC's Germany Correspondent Stephan Uersfeld:
I would have never deemed it possible what some dodgy people venture to do. Someone wanted to make contact with Manchester in my name and even signed with my name.
That is no trivial offence. We will get to the bottom of it.
The document in question appears to carry a signature on behalf of Mustafa Ozil, dated August 7, 2013.
Should it be proven that a rogue agent was taking on the guise of Ozil’s father, it will add another twist to a bizarre window for Manchester United.
Deadline day brought the drama of the “three imposters,” originally reported to be three outsiders attempting to insert themselves into United's proposed move for Athletic Bilbao star Ander Herrera.
The trio were later revealed to be legal experts offering consultation for the transfer, which ultimately failed to reach completion.
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Mustafa Ozil's claim that United were targeted by a false representative on behalf of his son only adds to a frustrating window for the club, who also missed out on Fabio Coentrao when they ran out of time to complete necessary documents.
Ozil’s father will hope to prove that Arsenal were always the player’s favoured destination upon departure from Real Madrid.
Certainly, Ozil has looked an extremely happy talent since arriving in North London, creating crucial goals in victories over Sunderland and Stoke already this season.