Jose Mourinho 'Highly Confident' of Signing Arsenal's Mesut Ozil

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistOctober 3, 2017

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09:  Mesut Ozil of Arsenal reacts during the Premier League match between Arsenal and AFC Bournemouth at Emirates Stadium on September 9, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Manchester United are reportedly ready to offer Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil a pre-contract as talks with the north London club continue to go nowhere. 

According to Miguel Delaney of The Independent, the Red Devils want to take advantage of the German's current contract situation, with his deal at the Emirates Stadium set to expire at the end of the campaign. It means he can discuss a deal with other clubs in 2018 with a view to moving in the summer.

It's noted that United manager Jose Mourinho is a big admirer of the Germany international, with the pair previously having worked together at Real Madrid.

MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 16:  Real Madrid CF head coach Jose Mourinho talks with Mesut Ozil of Real Madrid during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and RCD Espanyol at estadio Santiago Bernabeu on December 16, 2012 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Deni
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Another Arsenal star, Alexis Sanchez, has a contract situation similar to that of Ozil, and the Red Devils have an interest in him too, even if Manchester City are the favourites to land the Chilean at this point, per Delaney.

As noted by Daniel Storey of Football365, the two attackers have been vital to the Arsenal cause ever since they first linked up together at the Emirates Stadium:

Ozil joined from Real Madrid in 2013 for a then-club-record transfer fee of £42 million. In that time, he's had some wonderful moments in an Arsenal shirt, though for all his technical quality and passing ability, he has split opinion.

Ozil has always divided opinion at the Emirates.
Ozil has always divided opinion at the Emirates.Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

One school of thought will say Ozil is among the finest No. 10s in the game if he's given freedom and is surrounded by capable footballers; others view him as a luxury and will point to a string of poor performances turned in by the 28-year-old in big games since he arrived at Arsenal.

Per Martin Laurence of WhoScored.com, there is a tendency to make Ozil a scapegoat at times:

As noted by Delaney, the Red Devils boss wrote the foreword for Ozil in his autobiography and "Mourinho is highly confident of convincing him to join United based on their previous working relationship at Real Madrid."

With so many other combative players in his United team, perhaps Mourinho feels he can find a role that would see the German flourish in a way he hasn't at Arsenal.

Bleacher Report's Dean Jones recently gave an insight into the relationship between the two men:

For Arsenal supporters, losing Ozil and Sanchez on free transfers would be disappointing next summer. Though there's little the club can do at this point, there will be questions asked as to how this situation has come to be, with plenty no doubt of the opinion the club should have cashed in while they could.

If United did move for him, you sense Ozil would be keen to work under Mourinho again and join a club that looks closer to challenging for major honours than the one he is at.