Premier League - Paper Round: United target Ozil throws strop

Wayne Rooney dominates the back pages today, but Manchester United may soon have a new hero to cheer on in Mesut Ozil - here are the today's newspapers' main transfer stories.

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Real Madrid's Mesut Ozil (AFP)

Mourinho tells Rooney to make decision in 48 hours: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has given Rooney an ultimatum in a bid to expedite the end of one of this summer's lengthiest transfer sagas. The England striker has been urged by Mourinho to come out and say in public that he either wants to commit to United or wants a move away. "I think the person that started the story has to finish the story," Mourinho said after the 0-0 bore draw between the two sides at Old Trafford last night. Rooney played well in his first start of the campaign. Understandably, most papers' sports pages are filled with this story.

Paper Round's view: Hallelujah. An end is in sight. Rooney - who knows that United fans will support him if he stays - has some serious thinking to do over the next few days. And with Mourinho also saying "probably now he wants to stay" after last night's match, it is entirely possible that what seemed unthinkable at the beginning of the summer could well happen and Rooney will remain a United player.

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Ozil nears Real exit: United target Mesut Ozil stormed down the tunnel after being substituted in Real Madrid's 1-0 win over Granada last night, fuelling rumours his career in the Spanish capital may well be over. The Daily Mail reports that "it seems Old Trafford could well be his next destination as Red Devils boss David Moyes looks to put his own stamp on the United squad he inherited from Sir Alex Ferguson this summer".

Paper Round's view: Ozil would certainly be a fine signing for United, but a tantrum at being taken off - in the 65th minute - does not necessarily mean an exit is on the horizon. Isn't it just a demonstration of "how much the lad wants to play"? The kind of fire, desire and spirit is exactly what coaches love to see, so don't put your money on Ozil leaving Madrid just yet. Certainly not off the back of a strop like this.

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Ozil appears on Arsenal radar too: The Daily Telegraph reports that Ozil has joined Angel Di Maria on Arsenal's list of transfer targets from Real Madrid. But both deals hinge on Tottenham allowing Gareth Bale to move to the Bernabeu. Ozil and Di María, however, would be available at a combined price of around £60 million and Arsenal are ready to bid, the report claims.

Paper Round's view: As above, but another complicating factor is the Bale situation. Tottenham appear intent on delaying things with Madrid. As long as Bale remains a Spurs player, Real are unlikely to allow either Ozil or Di Maria to leave.

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Benzema offered to Arsenal: Another Real Madrid player reported to be on his way out of the Bernabeu is Karim Benzema, reports the Daily Mirror. The Spanish club are looking to offload the Frenchman - along with Ozil and Di Maria - to finance a deal for Bale and a £42million bid for Luis Suarez of Liverpool, the report claims.

Paper Round's view: Benzema's agent has said he is not interested in moving to the Emirates but of course there may well be a caveat to that - namely one that has lots of zeros. And considering Arsenal haven't spent any money this summer, the Gunners certainly have lots of zeros.

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Arsenal prepare fresh Cabaye bid: Meanwhile, The Times claims the Gunners are expected to lodge a fresh £13.5 million offer for Yohan Cabaye in the next 24 hours. Arsenal had an initial offer rejected last week but are prepared to go back again to get their man.

Paper Round's view: Arsenal will fancy their chances given Cabaye asked Newcastle to be excused the first two games of the season, but they face competition from Paris Saint-Germain, who have spent money this summer, but have loads more in reserve.

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United to make Fellaini bid: Manchester United are ready to make a standalone £25m bid in the next 24 hours for Marouane Fellaini, the Daily Mirror reports. The paper claims that Everton, having already rejected bids for the Belgian and full-back Leighton Baines, are now willing to cash in on one of the pair.

Paper Round's view: With a week to go, United must be getting desperate to bring someone in before the transfer window shuts. At the beginning of the summer, United fans might have wished for a bigger name, but considering the current situation, perhaps Fellaini will now do. Good business for Everton if this one goes through.

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