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Manchester United line up free transfer for Mesut Ozil

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil could join Manchester United on a free transfer next summer.

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Mesut Ozil running at full speed.
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Manchester United have been linked with a free transfer move for Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil. Ozil is running down his contract at Arsenal, and while they can’t agree a deal with one another in January officially, they can absolutely get Ozil tapped up and offer him silly money. Ozil will be 29 in October, but it’s not like he’s ever run during a match, and it’s not like he’s ever suffered a serious injury. If he costs nothing, it is also a chance to cost Arsenal some money and wind up Arsene Wenger. Why not, then?

Romelu Lukaku has said he isn’t worried about being the player scoring all the goals at the moment, because United’s options means that the side will have other players to chip in as the season goes. Not least Marcus Rashford, and perhaps Anthony Martial should he ever properly kick into gear again.

United legend Phil Neville believes that Harry Kane will have to leave Real Madrid to become world class. Reading his interjections, you can really see why he became known as “F*** Off Phil” during training alongside David Moyes at United. Because he is a dreadful presence when he opens his mouth, and indeed, when he closes it too.

Mourinho believes that United are in the second tier of European football. They are certainly below Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern and probably Juventus, so it’s hard to disagree with that. United have only occasionally been at the top of the table, and will need plenty more cash spent if they are ever to get there or close to it again.

There’s good news after the Pogba injury - Zlatan Ibrahimovic has made excellent progress on his cruciate ligament injury, and has been pencilled in for a possible return to first team action in November.