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Jose Mourinho has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United, and if the Portuguese manager does make the move to Old Trafford he’s apparently determined to bring Mesut Özil with him, according to Italian publication TuttoMercatoWeb.
Louis van Gaal has come in for a huge amount of criticism since joining Man United, but despite the poor performances of the Red Devils they are very much in with a chance of clinching Champions League football ahead of Manchester City next season.
Özil and Mourinho have a bit of history, with the pair spending time at Real Madrid together. The former Chelsea boss is known to be a huge fan of the world class playmaker, so it’s hardly surprising that he’s being linked with a move for the German international.
While the link is believable however, this certainly has to be one of the most ridiculous rumours around. There’s almost no chance whatsoever that we’d be willing to sell Özil at all, never mind to Mourinho and Premier League rivals Man United.
The World Cup winner hasn’t quite been at his blistering best recently, with his form since 2016 coming nowhere near the level he was showing at the start of the campaign. He’s still one of the world’s best though, and we’d be absolutely mad to even think about selling him.
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We need to be adding players of similar quality this summer rather than letting our best players go, and with a couple of veterans coming to the end of their respective careers, we’ll need at least a couple of signings to really compete next season.
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Özil has been linked with an Arsenal exit for quite some time (via Sky Sports), with our lack of ambition apparently forcing him to consider his options. The player himself has never said anything to suggest he’s looking for a way out though, and until he does there’s no reason to think he’s looking to leave.