Jose Mourinho ‘given green light’ to sign World Cup winner for $47.5m

Manchester United head coach Jose Mourinho has reportedly been given the go-ahead to lodge a January attempt to sign Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil. The Germany international has less than six months remaining on his Arsenal contract, and talks over a proposed extension seem to have reached a standstill.

According to The Mirror, United could be prepared to the Gunners’ resolve this month as they prepared a tempting bid for the former Real Madrid man. Jose Mourinho has maintained a solid relationship with Ozil since working together at the Bernabeu, and it is suggested that the Red Devils could offer as much as £35m($47.5m) to do business this month.

Ozil is also searching for a wage package of around £300,000-a-week, and this is something United are willing to match, should the move go through. The Gunners find themselves in a tricky position with the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Jack Wilshere and Ozil approaching the end of their contracts.

Despite this, a deal for the World Cup looks improbable this month with Arsene Wenger said to be reluctant to lose both Sanchez and Ozil during the same transfer window. The French tactician has personally said that the German could extend his contract at the Emirates, and it would be a surprise if Ozil does leave the Emirates.

Ozil has hit a purple patch since the last international break with three goals and as many assists, and his form has attracted interest from the likes of Barcelona, though the signing of Philippe Coutinho should end their interest. The ex-Werder Bremen has yet to commit himself verbally to a Gunners deal, and United could potentially get a steal at the end of the campaign.

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