Jose Mourinho is reportedly willing to wait until next summer to sign Arsenal’s star playmaker, Mesut Ozil, in order to avoid paying the Gunners any transfer fee.
The German has been heavily linked with United over the past couple of months, as his future at the Emirates remains under the microscope.
The 29-year-old wants to revamp his career, and has revealed his desire to play under Mourinho, who is also keen on a reunion with his former star. The duo has previously worked together and enjoyed success at Real Madrid.
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As per the latest report from Daily Star, the Red Devils’ boss wants to bring Ozil to Old Trafford, but is said to be withholding any move until next summer.
The prime reason for Mourinho’s restrain is the fact that Ozil’s contract with the Gunners would come to an end next summer, and thus, the Portuguese tactician would be able to land the ace playmaker without giving a penny to United’s London rivals.
Meanwhile, officials at the Emirates are keen to offload him once the transfer window re-opens in January, if he does not sign a new deal.
However, Arsenal have reportedly offered Ozil a £4 million signing on fee, and along with that, Arsene Wenger too, is adamant on holding onto his prized possession.
But on the other hand, the Old Trafford outfit is willing to give double of what the Gunners have offered, as Mourinho is willing to shell off £8 million, which is a very modest fee in today’s market, in order to acquire the player’s services.
Ozil moved to London back in 2013 for £42.4 million from the Santiago Bernabeu, and has scored 35 goals and bagged 62 assists for the English outfit since.
Written by Sidharth Jindal
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