Manchester United have been heavily linked with Mesut Ozil in the past few weeks, as their supposed pursuit was brought to a serious headway by the Arsenal playmaker’s contract, which is set to expire in the following summer.
The rapport he shares with Jose Mourinho courtesy of their days at Real Madrid was what inclined many into thinking that the Red Devils would have the deal in the bag.
However, a development from Spain might be the cause of major disappointment for those Old Trafford faithful who were eagerly awaiting the arrival of the assist king.
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As per Catalan Radio, Barcelona have secured terms with Arsenal over a deal for Ozil, which will reportedly see the Gunners pocket €20 million. This transfer could potentially be wrapped up early on in the winter window.
The amount will be one that the London side will be eager to receive rather than send the German packing for free come summer.
If the deal does go through, it will see much hype go in vain as part of the speculation. A recent Adidas advertisement featuring Pogba and Ozil was by far the biggest indication that the midfield maestro was headed to Manchester.
However, the window is yet to commence, and much could happen before that. But, for a change to occur in the current situation, United would have to enter the fray and quote a transfer fee of their own.
This would be interesting to observe, as Mourinho and company would have been expecting Ozil to sign for free. If that does occur, Arsenal will emerge as the true winners, as they will have to simply sit back and watch two of Europe’s richest outfits arguably raise the asking price.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
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