Mesut Ozil signed a new contract with Arsenal earlier this week following a lack of serious interest from Manchester United, according to reports.
The German put to bed months of speculation over his future by penning a new deal with Arsenal that keeps him at the Emirates until 2021.
Such a breakthrough came largely out of nowhere but also, perhaps crucially, soon after Juan Mata signed a one year extension and Alexis Sanchez left Arsenal for Man United.
And according to M.E.N‘s Ciaran Kelly, Ozil renewed his contract with Arsenal, which was set to expire in June, after being met with a wall of silence when his party reached out to potential suitors like United or Barcelona.
Manchester City’s spending since Pep Guardiola arrived has grown in excess of £1bn and they will most likely outspend United once again, making precision in the transfer market all the more important for Mourinho.
And targeting Ozil would have made little sense given the impressive form of both Mata and Jesse Lingard this season, along with Sanchez’s capacity to occupy a similar area. Mourinho hinted towards having enough options in attack ahead of the Tottenham Hotspur defeat and noted that his area of focus – quite rightly – was midfield, with Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini set to leave in the summer.