Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil is said to be closing in on signing a new contract, despite interest from Manchester United, reports claim.
Ozil’s contract at the Emirates expires at the end of this season. Potentially available for a free transfer at the end of the season, Man Utd were reported to be strong suitors.
Although it was said that Arsenal had previously given up any hope in holding on to the playmaker, The Sun report that there is now renewed hope that the German international will sign a 3-year contract to keep him at Arsenal, before the end of this month.
The 29-year-old is believed to want a significant rise on his current £140k-a-week wages along with a sizable signing on bonus. It is said that Arsenal are now ‘very, very, close’ to a breakthrough.
However, if a deal is not struck, they will look to offload him in the January window for whatever fee they can recoup. Ozil had joined Arsenal from Real Madrid in summer 2013, for a then-club record £42m.
Man Utd manager Jose Mourinho, who knows all about the World Cup winner having coached him at Real, holds keen interest. However, Arsenal are said to prefer a sale abroad than to Premier League rivals.
But with Arsene Wenger unwilling to let go of the maestro on a free, he may have to sell him to his old nemesis Mourinho in January if a deal is not struck.
Ozil has scored 2 goals and assisted 5 in 12 Premier League games this season. Arsenal sit 5th in the standings, only a point off Liverpool in 4th.
Author’s Take –
Although holding on to Ozil may be a big coup for Arsenal, it might not be the best signing for Man Utd. The Red Devils already have Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Juan Mata, both players similar to the German in both style of play and calibre.
Hence, it may be a redundant signing for Mourinho’s men, who could better use resources to strengthen their squad elsewhere instead. It may be a wise move for all parties involved that Ozil stays put at the Emirates.