With all the noise surrounding Alexis Sanchez’s protracted efforts to leave Arsenal this summer, the future of teammate Mesut Ozil — who is in a similar contract situation — flew somewhat under the radar during the latest transfer window. But that doesn’t mean the Germany international wasn’t plotting his next move.
According to the Mirror, Ozil has had it with life at the Emirates under Arsene Wenger and is enamoured with the prospect of a move to join Jose Mourinho’s barnstorming Manchester United side. The 28-year-old, who is out of contract at the end of the season, is reportedly willing to let his contract run down and become a free agent this summer.
And the outlet suggests a move to Old Trafford might not be as far-flung as it sounds, saying “Ozil’s advisors have put out feelers over a potential move to Manchester United and the feedback has been encouraging.”
Mourinho is thought to be a longtime admirer of Ozil — who is asking for a £250,000-a-week pay package from Arsenal — and has him at the top of his wish list for next summer, alongside Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann.
As for Sanchez, recent reports in the transfer pages have suggested he’ll push for the move to Man City that never materialised over the summer. But now the Sun is saying that cash-strapped Paris Saint-Germain are ready to return for the Chile international — and with a bumper wage package in tow.
The problem for City is compounded by the fact that PSG is free to start talks with Sanchez in January, while Pep Guardiola’s team are bound by transfer rules to wait until the summer, when his contract expires, to begin their pursuit. Were the Ligue 1 powerhouse to make headway on a move for Alexis, the Sun says Edinson Cavani would be the player to make way.