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Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil linked with move to Old Trafford

Despite the fact that the Summer transfer window officially slammed shut just over three weeks ago, the transfer stories across news outlets never seem to die away, specifically when it comes to Manchester United. The latest player to be linked with a move to Old Trafford is certainly one that Premier League fans will be familiar with, Arsenal’s own, Mesut Ozil. The German playmaker has been making all the sporting headlines over the last couple of days, after news breaking out about the player’s advisors reportedly making contact with Jose Mourinho.

Although, the story at first glance seems a rather bizarre and unlikely one, it must, of course, be noted that Mourinho has recruited Ozil before, when he signed the German international for Real Madrid back in 2010. In fact, the two shared a special relationship during their time at Madrid, with Ozil openly praising Mourinho in his autobiography, as the Portuguese manager played a large role in Ozil’s decision to join Madrid. As recorded in his autobiography, Ozil, recounting what Mourinho said to him, states:

“Real Madrid isn’t too big a move for you. Real Madrid is the only right move. Trust me. I’ll turn you into a regular player. And then all the doors will be open to you. You’ll be able to show the world what you’re capable of. And, believe me, that’s a huge amount.”

Ozil arguably played his best football whilst at Real Madrid, where he established himself as a key member of Mourinho’s side, remarkably registering 66 assists in just three seasons at the club. The thought of Ozil playing under Mourinho at Old Trafford is certainly an exciting proposition for United fans, but one must, however, wonder just how much legitimacy the transfer story does actually hold.

Who is reporting the story?

The initial story was first reported by the Sunday Mirror, who claim that Mourinho is already looking ahead to the future and is keen to bolster his attacking options, with Ozil topping his transfer wish list, alongside Antoine Griezmann. The validity of the story is however limited, as the outlet fails to report the name of any source, simply claiming that ‘Ozil’s advisors have put out feelers on a potential move to Manchester United and the feedback has been encouraging.’ The story has since been picked up by both The Metro and The Sun, but again, both outlets fail to provide a reliable source for their information. It does, therefore, appear at present, that the story does just remain as a rumour, as it doesn’t appear as though any official contact has been made, between Ozil and Manchester United.

Verdict

As mentioned, the transfer story at present is categorically just tabloid gossip and fans shouldn’t read into these recent reports too much. On the flip side to this point, the story has however been fuelled following the reports of Ozil refusing a new contract extension at Arsenal and will thus be available for free, come next Summer. When analysing the story from this perspective, one may not be too quick in shutting the rumour out for good, as the German will be in need of a new club next season. Having already played under Mourinho before, perhaps Old Trafford does appear as a logical destination for Ozil and only time will tell as to whether the story will unravel into something more.

Written by Joshua Gmerek-Iftakhar

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