Manchester United will only pursue a move for Mesut Ozil, if they can offload Henrikh Mkhitaryan, according to European football expert Gabriele Marcotti, per the Daily Express.
German international Ozil is one of a number of Arsenal players who will become free agents in the summer, so January presents the final opportunity for The Gunners if they want to get any transfer money.
However, United will only be interested in signing Ozil if they can ship off Mkhitaryan, who himself has struggled massively since making the move to the Premier League. Putting two and two together, this either means that Jose Mourinho reckons his squad is already too big, or he’s been told by Edward Woodward that he must sell before buying.
Although he gets an awful lot of criticism, Ozil is a genuinely world-class playmaker, with the ability to carve openings out of absolutely nowhere. When he’s up for it and playing well, there aren’t many better than him in world football. The issue is that when it comes down to those season-defining moments, he can go missing.
Would he be worth the gamble? Probably due to a significant reduction in his transfer fee. Why not try and arrange some form of swap deal with Mkhitaryan going the other way?