Duncan Castles has made the huge claim that Jose Mourinho doesn’t want Mesut Ozil at Manchester United after his contract expires this summer.
The German star is available for free should he decide not to sign an extension for Arsenal but it appears Mourinho has already made his mind up.
Jose managed Ozil during their time together at Real Madrid and his love for the skilled midfielder was public.
The Portuguese tactician has already signed a former player in Nemanja Matic from direct title rivals Chelsea but it seems he’s not willing to do the same to Arsenal.
The Gunners are struggling to hold onto key players Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez but the attacking midfielder isn’t on Mourinho’s radar.
According to Daily Cannon, Castles said to the Transfer Window podcast: “Mourinho does like him as a player. He’s got that combination of creativity and tactical awareness that he likes.
“But the information I’m getting is that Ozil’s not the player he plans to add to the team next summer. He’s already worked out the areas he wants to improve in.
“Where he does want to recruit is in a faster wide player which isn’t Ozil’s forte.”
Duncan’s words would make sense as United are well stocked in the attacking midfield spot already with Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Jesse Lingard and potentially Paul Pogba all capable of filling in there.
Mkhitaryan in particular was bought by Mourinho specifically for that position so as tempting as signing Ozil for free may sound, it wouldn’t work practically.
There’s also the possibility of Swedish hero, Zlatan Ibrahimovic featuring in attacking midfield for the Red Devils this season.
The striker has clearly lost some pace as he’s grown older and it may make sense to play him in behind Romelu Lukaku in order to have both players on the same team.
Signing Ozil would also send out a signal to Jose’s other attacking midfielders that they’re unwanted at Old Trafford.
Mourinho would hardly wish to rock the boat as his team are currently flying in the Premier League. Is Ozil worth the trouble? It doesn’t appear so.