Low: Madrid selling Ozil is "incomprehensible"

The 24-year-old joined Arsenal for a club record fee of €50m on Monday in a deal that has caused widespread surprise in his homeland and across Europe

Germany head coach Joachim Low says Real Madrid’s sale of Mesut Ozil to Arsenal is “incomprehensible”.

The 24-year-old joined the north London club for a club record fee of €50m, and Low simply cannot understand why los Blancos chose to get rid of him.

“For me, it is a bit incomprehensible that Real Madrid would get rid of one of their best players, who is of a high quality and looked more decisive than ever last season,” Low told reporters.

“Mesut still needs to feel as though he has complete confidence from his coach.

“From what I heard from Madrid ahead of the transfer, you could feel that the trust was no longer there 100 per cent. Arsenal tried hard to sign him. That did him good.

“Ozil’s Arsenal move will be a good transfer for the national team because he will play for a team which has an overall great technique – that is good for him.”

Ozil moved to the Santiago Bernabeu from Werder Bremen in 2010, having impressed hugely at the World Cup in South Africa that summer.

The attacking midfielder went on to make 159 appearances for the club, scoring 27 times.

Herrera denies reaching agreement with Manchester United

The 24-year-old admits he is flattered by the interest from the Premier League champions but insists he is happy to stay with his current club

Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera has revealed that there was never any agreement in place for him to join Manchester United.

Goal reported on deadline day that the Premier League champions approached the Spanish club with an informal offer below the 24-year-old’s €36 million buyout clause, however the bid was rejected.

Herrera, who admits he was flattered by United’s interest, also claims that three lawyers – later reported to be ‘imposters’ – who were seen entering the offices of the Spanish football league [LFP] were not acting on his behalf.

“I reached no agreement with United. I am proud they made an offer for me, and that Athletic wanted me [to stay]. I do not feel used by United, they made a formal offer. Athletic did not want to negotiate, I value that,” Herrera told reporters.

“I feel very flattered to see that one of the biggest clubs in the world like United made an offer for me.

“The lawyers who were at the LFP offices did not represent me. I do not know who they were.

“I don’t discuss hypotheticals. I am just telling you how things were. At no moment did I speak with United.

“They had to pay the €36m clause and then seduce me more than Athletic. I never saw myself elsewhere.”

Transfer Talk: Manchester United the biggest losers as Arsenal's Ozil deal stuns Europe

Nat Coombs, Greg Stobart and former Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Manchester City star Didi Hamann review the summer’s business as the window falls shut

The transfer window, arguably the most explosive one to date, has finally fallen shut. Business hours are over.

A staggering €2.18 billion was spent across the Premier League, Bundesliga, Serie A, La Liga and Ligue 1 alone, with Real Madrid smashing the world-record fee – which they set when signing Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009 – with the €100m acquisition of Gareth Bale from Tottenham

But, while Bale was being presented to the Santiago Bernabeu faithful, another transaction threatened to offer a marvellous crescendo to a window of unrivalled activity.

Arsenal were preparing to not only open their cheque book, but obliterate there record signing with the £40m capture of Mesut Ozil. Arsene Wenger may have left it late, but he pulled off one of the most stunning deadline day signings of all-time.

Meanwhile, Manchester United were beginning to panic. Having failed to sign that all-important creative midfielder, David Moyes returned to his former haunt, signing Marouane Fellaini for £27.5m – £4m more than the buyout clause United refused to meet before it’s expiration at the end of July.

To discuss these stories, and much more, Nat Coombs is joined by Goal correspondent Greg Stobart, and Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Manchester City star, Didi Hamann.

Real Madrid, Tottenham & the biggest spending clubs in the summer transfer market

Madrid were the top spenders but recouped some of that loss by selling Mesut Ozil and Gonzalo Higuain, while troubled Anzhi Makhachkala sold over €100 million worth of players

By Kris Voakes

As the clocks struck midnight across Europe on Monday night, the hectic activity of the summer transfer window was brought to a crashing halt. But a flurry of late activity helped to break all sorts of records in expenditure on the market as football once again showed its unbelievable spending power.

Not for the first time it was Real Madrid who outspent the rest, and once more it was a world-record signing which helped to tip the balance. Gareth Bale’s €100 million transfer became the latest in a string of Blancos deals to outdo all previous records.

Following Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Zinedine Zidane and Luis Figo, the Welshman is now the fifth successive player to become the subject of the highest transfer fee in making the move to the Santiago Bernabeu, and his purchase was part of a €181.5m campaign for Madrid which also saw Isco arrive from Malaga and Asier Illarramendi brought in from Real Sociedad.

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Unsurprisingly, it was Monaco who ran Madrid the closest. The principality club, owned by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, splashed the cash in a previously unprecedented level at the beginning of the summer following promotion from Ligue 2, adding Radamel Falcao, James Rodriguez and Joao Moutinho to their ranks ahead of a tilt at the French title.

Tottenham made great use of the cash recouped on Bale’s switch to Spain by spending €121.9m themselves to recruit the likes of Roberto Soldado, Christian Eriksen, Paulinho, Erik Lamela and Etienne Capoue. Andre Villas-Boas’ men and Shakhtar Donetsk were the only two clubs in the top 10 biggest spenders to make a profit from this summer’s transfers.

Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, meanwhile, were the other two of the five sides to spend in excess of €100m in the market, with the French champions making the second most expensive move of the summer to acquire Edinson Cavani from Napoli for €64m.

While Madrid made plenty back on the market thanks to the sales of Mesut Ozil, Gonzalo Higuain, Jose Callejon and others, Anzhi Makhachkala made more than any other club during the window on player sales. After Suleiman Kerimov decided to cut back the Dagestan outfit’s budget, Anzhi went on a selling spree which saw the exits of Willian and Samuel Eto’o to Chelsea, Lassana Diarra and Mbark Boussoufa to Lokomotiv Moscow and six players to Dinamo Moscow, including Igor Denisov, Yuri Zhirkov and Aleksandr Kokorin.

In total, Premier League clubs paid out biggest of all, with around €750m going towards transfers over the course of the summer, while Serie A and La Liga spent over €400m.

Football’s spending frenzy continues apace.

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Muller: Madrid should not have sold Ozil

The Liga giants decided to cash in on the much-loved attacking midfielder following the summer arrivals of Isco and Gareth Bale at the Santiago Bernabeu

Thomas Muller has become the latest high-profile player to express his astonishment at Real Madrid’s decision to allow Mesut Ozil to join Arsenal.

Los Blancos pocketed €50 million from the sale of the 24-year-old playmaker, whom they signed from Werder Bremen for a reported €15m in 2010.

However, even some of Madrid’s players have questioned the wisdom of allowing Ozil to leave after a summer of dramatic change in the Spanish capital, and now Muller has weighed in, admitting that he cannot understand why the Liga giants opted to offload a player who was as loved by his team-mates as he was by the fans.

“I knew that Mesut was feeling very comfortable at Madrid,” the Germany international said of his team-mate in an interview with Bild. “But, in football, things can happen quickly.

“Real threw everything overboard [this summer] – new coach [Carlo Ancelotti], new stars [Isco, Gareth Bale]. I wouldn’t have sold Mesut.

“However, I had the feeling that he is looking forward to a new chapter in his career at Arsenal.”

Meanwhile, Muller says that he has no desire to leave his current club, Bayern Munich, admitting that he is enjoying playing under new boss Pep Guardiola as much as he does Germany coach Joachim Low.

“He has a lot of fun with his work,” the 23-year-old enthused. “His goal is to positively influence the outcome of a football match.

“He makes great speeches and on the sidelines; he is similarly emotional as Jogi Low.”