Manchester United to make a move for Arsenal playmaker in the summer…

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is keen to bring Arsenal’s German playmaker Mesut Ozil to the Theatre of Dreams in the summer, according to reports. Ozil is out of contract at the end of the season, meaning he will be available as a free agent, possibly even sorting his future out as early as next month, if he preferred a move to a foreign club instead. Barcelona have been linked with the player in recent weeks with the suggestion that the German would prefer a move to the Catalan club.

Mourinho will seek to sign Ozil, who played some of his best football under him at Real Madrid, in a bid to solve the number ten problem at the club. It is understood that Mourinho prefers Ozil to any of the players he has in the number ten position at this moment in time. Ozil has been reluctant to sign a new deal with the North London club, who entertain United at the Emirates on Saturday evening, something that will now be fuelled with this rumour, conveniently being launched just over 18 hours before the clash in the Premier League.

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During his pre-match press conference on Friday, Mourinho was asked if he would make a move for Ozil in the summer, choosing not to answer the question, instead, saying; “no comments.” Mourinho has described Ozil as “the best number ten in the world” in the past, which is really the only reason for the link to the player. Signing a player such as the German, especially on a free, could represent a good deal for United, as long as Mourinho can bring the best out of the player, which is not something he has always given at Arsenal.

United would be willing to wait until the end of the season to make a move for the player, instead of paying £20-25 million during the January transfer window, if Arsenal were open to selling him then. Ozil would be eligible to play in the UEFA Champions League, playing in the Europa League for his club this season. United could be forced to make a move for the player if other clubs start to bring forward their interest, possibly to sign the player as a free agent in the summer, those abroad at least.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted in the past that he may be open to selling Ozil in January, so the club does not see the player leave the club on a free, which would be a massive loss for the North London club. Not that I worry about that, in all honesty, I don’t really care if Arsenal lose money or make money, it makes no odds to me. Wenger would be keen to see the player leave the Premier League, rather than strengthening a rival club, but the power lands in the lap of the player and his agent, who are seemingly in the driving seat on this occasion.

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United have had problems in the number ten position this season, Henrikh Mkhitaryan showing positive signs earlier in the season, but his performances being rather questionable of late, being dropped from the last few matches, similar to what happened last season. The Armenian’s future at the club seems to be time-stamped, him possibly leaving the club at the end of the season. I don’t think United would allow him to leave in January unless they reinforced the position themselves, which is where Ozil could come in.

Mourinho and Ozil did not always see eye-to-eye at Real Madrid, but the past will be left in the past, as it was with Romelu Lukaku when he was brought to the Old Trafford club in the summer from Everton. At 29, Ozil may not show longevity, but it will be a player to reinforce the squad, a player who will play to his strengths and one who will know what is expected by the manager and the club. Like Nemanja Matic, the possible signing of Ozil could push United on, in the right direction, which could see a much stronger squad rear their heads next season.

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