Manchester United Given A DEADLINE To Sign High-Profile Playmaker

General view of a corner flag at Old Trafford.

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Manchester United will have to act quickly if they seek to complete the signing of German international Mesut Ozil in the time, reports Manchester Evening News.

The experienced playmaker could depart from London in the winter transfer window if a good deal comes along the way, as Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger could be left with no choice but to approve his transfer.

However, the reigning FA Cup winners will still try to do it all, so as to try and convince the former Real Madrid man to sign a new deal. Ozil could still leave for free in the summer, but a clear scenario will arrive by December end.

Ozil has been linked with a move to Manchester United, with a possible reunion with Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford on the cards.

Currently, United have Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Juan Mata who can operate through the middle as a No. 10, and with rumours linking Antoine Griezmann to the Red Devils, there could be no space for Ozil to fit in the team. The Old Trafford outfit is, therefore, likely to wait until summer to make a decision.

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If Griezmann does not come to Old Trafford, Ozil could be lined up as a free transfer that will help the club save millions.

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Moreover Ozil’s experience in the Premier League is a plus, and Jose could be tempted to rope him in, but that comes once the Griezmann situation is clear. Therefore, if Arsenal sell the 29-year-old in January, United are likely to miss out on the German.

Wenger confirmed that decisions are to be made on whether the club sells its vital assets in January, as Alexis Sanchez too, is on the verge of an exit.

The French tactician told beIN Sport: “No decision has been made on that front. Do we let anyone go in January? We’ll have to think about that to see where we stand with them at the end of December.”

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Written by Rajdeep Saha 

Sports journalist with stints across print, digital and television. Contribution to each medium has been thrilling. Experienced in writing for this passionate game called football. Journalist by choice and passion.


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