Reports: Manchester United Plotting Shock Move For Mesut Ozil

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil on the substitutes bench.

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Manchester United seem to be plotting a shock move for Arsenal star man Mesut Ozil, according to reports in England.

After having calmed their pursuit of Atletico Madrid ace Antoine Griezmann, the Red Devils are now looking for alternatives that will help them strengthen their attack.

Initial reports claimed Jose Mourinho was interested in luring Alexis Sanchez to Old Trafford, but the Portuguese has now expressed interest in signing Mesut Ozil as well, as per Manchester Evening News.

Mourinho managed the German playmaker during their time together at Real Madrid, which make this reunion much more possible. And with Wayne Rooney’s future at Manchester United as insecure as ever, Jose is believed to be prioritising signing Ozil – the player he once described as ‘the best number 10 in the world’.

Mesut Ozil of Germany (L) runs past coach Jose Mourinho during their training session.

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Furthermore, with Ozil having only one more year left on his current deal with the Gunners, coupled with the fact that he has been refusing to sign a contract extension since the start of the ongoing campaign, Mourinho could successfully end up signing the 28-year-old for a cheaper price.

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But if Manchester United do succeed in signing Ozil, Arsene Wenger would, in return, make an attempt to sign Jesse Lingard, as per some sources.

The 24-year-old is rumoured to be on the verge of signing a new contract with Manchester United that will see him earn a significant pay raise. Moreover, with the player himself believed to be very happy at his boyhood club, Wenger will certainly face an uphill task in convincing the Englishman to make the switch.


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