Germany international Mesut Ozil, who earns $10million-a-year, has told his friends that he wants to sign for Manchester United from Arsenal next year, according to reports in the British media. According to the Daily Mail, the 29-year-old playmaker is keen on a transfer to Old Trafford as his contract at Arsenal ends next year.
Ozil, like Alexis Sanchez, has just a few months left on his current contract with the Gunners as he continues to be linked with a move away from The Emirates.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger confirmed ahead of their home clash against Newcastle United that the club are still in talks with Ozil, who is reportedly not keen to extend his contract and instead leave Emirates in the summer of 2018.
The report further adds a bumper new deal worth £235,000 a week has already been turned down, with the World Cup winner making it clear to friends he is an eyeing a switch to Old Trafford to reunite with Jose Mourinho. Ozil wants wages closer to £300,000 a week. Manchester United boss Mourinho, who worked with him at Real Madrid, shares a close relationship with him and has been monitoring the playmaker’s situation closely.
The Portuguese manager wants to bring Ozil to United next summer as he bids to address the problematic No.10 position at Old Trafford. He has refused to rule out a move for the German when quizzed about the prospect of reuniting with the player he signed as Real Madrid coach in 2010 and later described as the best No.10 in the world.
Asked specifically ahead of United’s 3-1 victory over Arsenal at Emirates if he could sign Ozil as a free agent next summer, Mourinho smiled before replying: “No comments.”
However, Wenger has cleared the air, confirming both Ozil and Sanchez will not leave the club in January 2018.
In other news, Henrikh Mkhitaryan has fallen out with manager Jose Mourinho following a row between the two men during a video analysis session at the club’s Carrington training ground last month. (ESPN)
Mkhitaryan, 28, has been absent from seven of United’s last eight matchday squads and the Armenian midfielder angered Mourinho by disagreeing with the manager’s assessment of his contribution during a substitute appearance against Brighton in November.
It is believed Mkhitaryan’s future at Old Trafford is in jeopardy, with the United manager fuelling rumours of the player’s exit by claiming every player has a price. The Armenia international’s exit in the summer would free up Ozil’s position as a No.10 and the deal to sign the German would make sense then.