Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil will not sign a new contract at the Emirates this season and seek to join Manchester United on a free over the summer, according to reports.
The German was signed by Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid back in 2010 and made 157 appearances under the Portuguese before joining Arsenal in 2013.
Speculation surrounding Ozil’s future has amplified over the summer after the playmaker refused to sign a new contract tabled at the end of last season.
And according to the Mirror‘s John Richardson, Ozil’s advisors have made initial enquiries over a potential move to Old Trafford next summer.
The sight of the German toiling at Arsenal has always been depressing to see. There is, at least with me, no schadenfreude in seeing him struggling under the weight of Arsene Wenger’s obsolete system. Because this is a player with extraterrestrial, unteachable talent on the ball – and someone Mourinho knows.
At Madrid he was used in a far more dynamic way: sometimes as a No.10 ghosting into space, sometimes out wide and interchanging. Most of all, however, he was a disciplined, hard-working asset – two traits rarely associated with his style at Arsenal, mainly because, as their best player, he is so often used as a scapegoat for the club’s wider failures.
He would not just have a chance to join a club with genuine ambition; he could shake a tag that has ominously loomed over his head for years.