Mesut Ozil would reportedly rather join Manchester United than Barcelona if he leaves Arsenal.
According to the Daily Mail’s Jack Gaughan, the German has informed his friends he is looking at United as his next destination, where he hopes to earn a figure nearer to the £300,000-per-week mark than the £235,000 contract he has been offered by the Gunners.
Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho is said to be closely monitoring Ozil, who is in the final year of his contract at Arsenal and would be receptive to reuniting with him at Old Trafford, having worked under the Special One at Real Madrid.
According to Sport’s Tomas Andreu, Ozil has also attracted interest from Barcelona and his agent Erkut Sogut met with Blaugrana general manager Pep Segura on Thursday, December 7 to discuss a move.
The publication added Segura made clear that while the club are interested in Ozil, “he is not a priority signing” for them.
Ozil has had highs and lows this season, but he has largely had a better campaign than team-mate Alexis Sanchez, who is also in the final months of his deal at the Emirates Stadium.
He caught the eye against Huddersfield Town at the end of November when he played a starring role in Arsenal’s 5-0 win.
With Mourinho failing to get the best out of the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Juan Mata, the Red Devils are reliant on Paul Pogba to provide creativity in the final third, which has been an issue this season as the Frenchman has often been absent through injury or suspension.