Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has reportedly been urged to run down his Gunners contract to join Manchester United next summer. The World Cup winner has eight months left on his existing Emirates deal, and talks over an extension have pretty much reached a standstill.
According to The Manchester Evening News, the 29-year-old has been advised by his representatives to wait until the end of the season in order to seal a Bosman move to Old Trafford.
The Germany international has previously worked alongside Jose Mourinho during a three-year spell at Real Madrid between 2010 and 2013, but the Portuguese tactician is said to have second thoughts over a potential reunion.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has established himself as the first-choice for the number 10 role this term and Ozil’s arrival could force the Armenian out wide or present a change in formation.
Ozil on his day can raise his performance to potentially ‘world-class’ status, but he does have the tendency of not showing up in the big games, where his attitude and work rate is often questioned.
Mourinho has criticised several players in the past including Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw for their poor work rate, but Ozil would nevertheless be a fruitful gamble on a free transfer.
The German attacker recently put in a man of the match for Arsene Wenger’s side – with a goal and assist in the 5-2 thrashing of Everton at Goodison Park.