According to reports in the Daily Mail, Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil favours a move to Manchester United over La Liga giants Barcelona if he leaves the Gunners over the course of the next few months.
Well, the 29-year-old’s current contract with the north London outfit is due to run out at the end of the season, and with no new deal agreed the Germany international is free to talk to foreign clubs and sign a pre-contract agreement during the January transfer window.
However, the Daily Mail says that Ozil has told his friends that he favours a move to Old Trafford where he would link up with Jose Mourinho, for whom he also worked under during his spell with Real Madrid.
The Daily Mail says that the attacking midfielder has already rejected a new deal worth £235,000-a-week and wants closer to £300,000-a-week, with Mourinho watching developments closely.
Following a slow start to the campaign which was perhaps overshadowed by talk about the German’s future, he had a run of five Premier League matches between October and November where he scored two goals and provided a further five assists.
However, he is without either of those things in his last three top flight games, while he also had none in six games earlier in the season as well.
Considering he has 25 goals and 50 assists in 130 Premier League appearances for Arsenal, his return this term has been particularly disappointing.
He certainly would be.
The Red Devils are crying out for a new No 10 with Henrikh Mkhitaryan fading and then finding himself omitted from the squad following an impressive start to the campaign, while Jesse Lingard won’t be seen as the long-term solution to the problem despite often starting there in recent weeks.
With his record of assists there is no doubt that Ozil could prove to be brilliant provider for the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, and he would help to improve Mourinho’s men’s attacking prowess.
If Ozil decides to wait until the summer and United get him on a free then it could prove to be one of the best signings of the decade, and Mourinho may even consider bidding for the German in January to prevent him signing a pre-contract agreement with a team like Barcelona.