Mesut Ozil is confident of joining Manchester United next summer and has informed Arsenal teammates of his desire to switch to Old Trafford, according to reports.
The German still hasn’t agreed a new deal at the Emirates and various reports have claimed in turn that Jose Mourinho is convinced he can secure his services for free once his contract expires next summer.
Arsene Wenger recently admitted that, while talks were underway, there was a chance that Ozil could indeed leave the club next June.
And according to the Mirror‘s John Cross, Ozil has already told teammates that he intends to join up with Mourinho in the near future.
I could go on for some time pontificating over the mesmerising genius that is Ozil and what he could offer to this United side, but it means much more coming from Mourinho, doesn’t it?
Following a mixed first campaign at Arsenal, the 54-year-old – manager of Chelsea at the time – said this about Ozil:
“I learned with him because we were together for quite a long time, that he’s a very sensitive boy,” he said.
“He needs confidence. He needs trust. He needs to feel that people is with him. When he’s on the pitch, every time he touches the ball, the ball goes beautiful.
“And he’ll always finds the right man on the right place. So, sometimes, you don’t see him, sometimes he doesn’t go to screen many, many times. But when he goes he is a special player.
“If you are expecting Ozil to be super aggressive and running miles and miles side to side and to show great enthusiasm and aggressivity – this is not Mesut .
“If you are waiting for somebody who every time he touches the ball, the ball smiles and every time he makes the pass the ball goes in the right direction with the right speed and intensity – this is Mesut.”
The ball really does smile whenever it touches Ozil’s boot. And seeing him languishing at Arsenal, half injured and half unhappy, is less an incentive to sign him but more a status quo that simply cannot go on for any longer. Not for someone as talented.