By Dave Marshall
Reports suggest that Arsenal star, Mesut Ozil has set his sights on signing for Manchester United and not Barcelona. The 29 year old German playmaker is set to leave Arsenal in the New Year as he has refused to extend his current deal at The Emirates stadium.
Manchester United and Barcelona have been linked to signing the former Real Madrid man, but it is believed that he favours a move to Old Trafford as he seeks a reunion with former boss, Jose Mourinho, according the Daily Mail. Ozil enjoyed possibly the best part of his career under the Portuguese tactician at Madrid, and has consistently praised the boss for getting the best out of him as a player.
The £140,000-a-week star looks set to leave Arsenal as he believes the club are not showing enough to match his ambition and wants a move to a better club in a bid to win the major honours on offer. Ozil is not getting younger but wants a wage of around £300k per week, which we would be able to match.
The player is wanted by manager, Jose Mourinho to add creativity to our squad as we have struggled to break down opponents who sit very deep against us some times. United don’t mind his wage demands, as he will come at no transfer fee if he signs on a free transfer next summer.
United did the same with Zlatan Ibrahimovic who enjoyed a fantastic debut campaign for us last season after arriving on a free transfer once his PSG contract expired. Mourinho wants more quality players to add to our team, and with Ozil being left footed, it would represent yet another coup as Jose wants a left footer to add balance to the side.
There are still reports that Ozil may not be willing to move to Barcelona given his Real Madrid connections. Ozil will slot in behind the striker and offer more threat for us going forward.
Arsenal are resigned to losing the player, who joined the club in 2013 in a then club record deal of £42m and has won The FA Cup three times in that time, and enjoyed his best season for the club in 15/16 where he registered 19 assists in the Premier League, just one behind the all-time record set by Thierry Henry.