Jose Mourinho set to swoop Mesut Ozil with new £250,000-a-week contract – report

by Leo Nieboer


Jose Mourinho is lining up a bid for Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil if the German fails to agree a new contract at the Emirates next summer, according to reports.

The 53-year-old managed the German midfielder for three years at Real Madrid before eventually departing for Chelsea.

Ozil has been a central component to Arsenal’s impressive start to the 2016/17 campaign, scoring seven goals in 13 games for Arsene Wenger’s side.

According the Sun, Mourinho will offer Ozil – currently earning £140,000 a week – a lucrative £250,000 a week contract if he decides against renewing his contract with Arsenal overt the summer.

Down the years, I have always found myself admiring – and desperately wanting for my own club – a player from a rival Premier League side: Joe Cole back in his heyday was one; Thierry Henry, obviously; Sergio Aguero is another.

And make no mistake, Ozil belongs to this category. Anybody who doesn’t acknowledge the 28-year-old’s brilliance doesn’t understand football. He is dangerously good – too good for Arsenal and perhaps too good for the Premier League.

Coming from Madrid, he brought something that the Premier League hadn’t really seen before. This is a man who specialises – relishes, even – in recording assists. Everything he does is executed with a sense of sophistication, as if performed in accordance with effortless design.

Luring the midfielder to Old Trafford is unlikely, but his arrival would be monumental. And not just because of the added quality he would bring; think of the meltdown amongst Arsenal fans. They might never recover. That, in my opinion, is reason enough to sign the German.

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