Manchester United reportedly baulked at the contract demands of midfielder Mesut Ozil prior to his proposed extension at Arsenal. The Germany international inked a three-and-a-half year deal with the Gunners this afternoon, thereby ending a long-standing saga over his future.
According to The Independent, Jose Mourinho was not very keen on matching the player’s £350,000-a-week wage demands, and hence opted against pursuing a Bosman move in the summer. This, in turn, allowed the Gunners to push forward with their extension, and have secured the midfielder until June 2021.
Meanwhile, Mourinho has extended Juan Mata’s contract by a further season via an extension clause in his contract, and this probably allows the club with additional time to recruit a younger attacker to fill in the ranks, if required.
Ozil was very much tipped to follow Alexis Sanchez to Old Trafford in the summer, but this is highly unlikely to happen now. Jesse Lingard has excelled in the number 10 position since November, and United’s future is still in good hands with Sanchez, Mata, Martial and Rashford capable of slotting into the position.
Paul Pogba is another who has been called upon to play in a much higher role, and Mourinho may look into a move for experienced midfielder in the summer, who can allow the Frenchman feature in an advanced position where he can be more of a menace to the opposition.