Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho did not rule out a transfer move for Arsenal star Mesut Ozil ahead of the two sides meeting in the Premier League this weekend.
Arsenal host Man United at the Emirates Stadium in today’s late kick-off, and it’s little surprise that Ozil’s future was a topic for conversation ahead of the crunch clash.
The Daily Mirror have previously reported that the Germany midfielder is confident of sealing a move to Old Trafford as he nears the end of his Arsenal contract, and Mourinho perhaps dropped a small hint that he is interested in signing him.
Mourinho, when asked about signing Ozil on a free transfer, he simply smiled and said: “No comments” according to the Telegraph.
Arsenal fans won’t be too happy as this speculation goes on, with Ozil recently improving his form and showing what a class act he can be when he’s at the top of his game.
Ozil worked under Mourinho at Real Madrid and some will feel Ozil could yet improve significantly by being coached by his former boss once again.
‘Ozil is unique,’ Mourinho said when Ozil joined Arsenal in 2013. ‘There is no copy of him – not even a bad one. He is the best No 10 in the world.’
The same report also worryingly claims the Red Devils are interested in Ozil’s Arsena team-mate and fellow contract rebel, Alexis Sanchez, though a move to Manchester City is seen as more likely.
As much as anything, Arsenal won’t want Mourinho’s mind games like this distracting their players ahead of the big game later today.