Reputed online newspaper El Confidencial claimed that Levy, who had just sold Gareth Bale to Real Madrid for £85 million, called his counterpart Florentino Perez to try and persuade him not to sell Germany star Ozil to Spurs’ sworn rivals.
Levy, the report says, felt “betrayed” by Real’s willingness to do business with the Gunners, not just because Spurs had agreed to sell Bale, but because the clubs established a ‘special relationship’ regarding transfers after Luka Modric moved to Madrid.
El Confidencial added that Spurs had initially asked about the availability of Ozil in July, with the North London club wanting a part-exchange deal for Bale. At the time, Real insisted that Ozil was not for sale.
However, things changed, not just because Bale’s arrival meant Real had a few too many attacking midfielders: the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti meant some players were always going to be deemed surplus to requirements as the new coach cast his eye over his squad during the early season.
Needless to say, Madrid president Perez politely rejected Levy’s request, allowing Ozil to join Arsenal in a £42.5m deal.