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29/11/2012 09:30

Papers: Ozil back on Reds radar

Fergie's fine Mes
Mesut Ozil is back on Manchester United’s radar after reports the playmaker is considering his future at Real Madrid. The German international, 24, joined Real from Werder Bremen in a blaze of glory two years ago. But he is no longer a first choice under Jose Mourinho following the arrival of Luka Modric and sources insist he is growing increasingly unhappy. United chief Alex Ferguson has asked to be kept informed of any developments and would be at the front of the queue if Real decide to sell. Fergie is hunting a successor to 38-year-old Paul Scholes, who looks set to retire for the second time at the end of the season. If Real do choose to offload Ozil, the Spaniards would want double the £12million they paid Bremen. But United still have money to spend after missing out on Eden Hazard and Lucas Moura in the summer. Ozil earns £110,000 a week at the Bernabeu, which fits comfortably into the Old Trafford pay structure, as does his age in terms of sell-on value.
Phil Thomas, The Sun

Most of the papers look back on United's 1-0 win over West Ham and also report that UEFA are considering a proposal to double the number of teams in the Champions League from 32 to 64 teams. The idea would see European football's governing body scrap the Europa League. "We're discussing it. We will make a decision in 2014. Nothing is decided yet," Uefa president Michel Platini told French newspaper Ouest-France.

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