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Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is interested in signing Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil should he take over at Manchester United this summer, according to reports.
The Portuguese tactician who was axed from his job at Chelsea last year is expected to take over from Louis Van Gaal at Manchester United this summer.
The two-time Chelsea boss is reportedly working on transfer targets for his potential new club and has reportedly set his sights on Mesut Ozil.
According to Italian newspaper TuttoMercatoWeb via Goal, Mourinho will attempt to lure Ozil to Manchester United this summer as the Portuguese looks set to take over the managerial affairs at a club he has reportedly been eyeing for years.
Ozil has two years left in his contract at Arsenal and Wenger is keen on the midfielder extending his contract at the club. The club has already initiated talks with Ozil over a new deal which will see him become the highest paid player in the Gunner’s team and Wenger will do whatever it takes to keep the midfielder away from those at Old Trafford.
Wenger has previously hinted that the era when the club sold its best player’s to rivals is over and the French man will not entertain any of his player switching to Old Trafford. Wenger blocked on loan right back Mathieu Debuchy from moving to Old Trafford in the January transfer window and there is nothing that suggests Wenger would allow Ozil make such move this summer.
However, it won’t be a surprise if Mourinho pushes ahead with his attempt to sign Ozil as the Portuguese is known for getting under the nerves of Wenger a lot.
Ozil and Mourinho worked together at Real Madrid between 2010 and 2013 and was a key feature in Mourinho’s team, hence the reason the Portuguese wants to resign him for his new club.
Ozil has confirmed on different occasions that he is happy at the Emirates and hopefully that wouldn’t change in the summer transfer window.