Bremen braced for Ozil exit

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The Independent Football

Werder Bremen director of sport Klaus Allofs has confirmed Mesut Ozil could be leaving the club this summer.

Reports in Spain today suggested Barcelona have reached an agreement to sign 21-year-old Ozil, who impressed during Germany's World Cup campaign.

Manchester United are also reported to be interested in Ozil with their manager Sir Alex Ferguson present at Bremen's recent friendly match with Fulham, while Chelsea are another club to have been linked with a move for the midfielder.

Allofs told the Kreiszeitung Syke newspaper: "It is possible that there is now a bit of movement in the issue.

"But I am not running backwards and forwards to the fax machine or getting sweaty palms when I check my emails to see if maybe an offer has arrived."

Since Ozil has turned down a new contract with Bremen, the Bundesliga club are expected to sell him rather than risk losing him on a free transfer next year.