Premier League Transfer News: Barcelona and Chelsea Lead Race to Sign Ozil
Bookmakers are offering free bets for Chelsea in their 2010/11 campaign as they bid to retain the Barclays Premier League title and win the EUFA Champions League for the first time.
Chelsea are reported to be in talks for Werder Bremen midfielder Mesut Ozil in a deal worth in the region of £13million.
Blues boss, Carlo Ancelotti has had a quiet summer on the transfer front, but needs to strengthen his midfield following the departures of Joe Cole, Michael Ballack and Deco.
Ozil, who was one of the star performers at the 2010 World Cup, has been at the centre of transfer speculation this summer being linked to Manchester United, Barcelona and Real Madrid.
The Times newspaper are claiming that agent Vlado Lemic is holding talks on behalf of Chelsea in an attempt to seal a deal for Ozil ahead of Spanish giants Barcelona.
Lemic is said to have a good relationship with Bremen general director Klaus Allofs and is working closely with Chelsea’s sporting director Frank Arnesen to bring the youngster to Stamford Bridge.
Competition for the 21-year-old’s signature is intense; Real Madrid have promised a bumper personal deal if he sits out the last year of his contract and signs on a free while Barcelona have a deal agreed in principle.
Spanish daily El Pais have reported Barca’s offer of 10million euros has been accepted by Bremen in a deal that would take the German international to the Nou Camp on a four year contract.
Chelsea kick off their Premier League season against West Brom on Saturday; bookmaker Coral are offering odds of 3/1 for last season’s Golden Boot winner Didier Drogba to score the first goal of the game.