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Contrary to reports that Ozil is likely to join Manchester United at the end of the season, respected football journalist Duncan Castles says the Old Trafford club are not looking to sign the midfielder.
Man Utd have been installed as bookies favorites to sign Ozil, whose contract expires at the end of next season.
Several reports have claimed Mourinho wants to reunite with the German who he enjoyed a great working relationship with at Real Madrid but Castles have now rubbished any claim that Utd are interested in signing the midfielder, however, he admitted Mourinho is a big fan of the player.
“Mourinho does like him as a player. He’s got that combination of creativity and tactical awareness that he likes,” said Castles on the Transfer Window podcast, as quoted by the Daily Cannon.
“But the information I’m getting is that Ozil’s not the player he plans to add to the team next summer.
“He’s already worked out the areas he wants to improve in.
“He always had a three summer transfer window plan for Manchester United.
“What I’m told he wants is a player who is better than what he’s got at the moment and they don’t see Ozil as being better than what he’s got in terms of that central, creative, attacking midfielder.
“Where he does want to recruit is in a faster wide player which isn’t Ozil’s forte.
“I think it’s unlikely that’s the club he ends up at when he has his freedom on contract in the summer.”
Ozil failed to attract concrete interest from any top club in the summer transfer window and Castles claims that Utd aren’t interested in the German will be a big blow to his representatives, who are looking to use interest from rival to hold Arsenal to ransom during transfer negotiations.
In my opinion, I think Ozil will end up signing a new contract at Arsenal, his representative is just doing everything possible to get the best possible deal for him and I believe both parties will strike an agreement in the next few months.