Latest reports claim that Manchester United will bypass the opportunity to sign Mesut Ozil from Arsenal this winter.
The German international is inside the final 12 months of his contract at present, and is being linked with a number of clubs for a move in either January or next summer.
Manchester United has been touted as one possible destination, with Barcelona believed to also be high on his wishlist, but latest reports claim the former way overlook the chance to bring him to Old Trafford.
Duncan Castles has claimed that Ozil is no better than current options Juan Mata and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and despite Mourinho being a fan from their time together at Real Madrid, he will now take his interest elsewhere.
“Mourinho does like him as a player. He’s got that combination of creativity and tactical awareness that he likes,” Castles said.
“But the information I’m getting is that Ozil’s not the player he plans to add to the team next summer.
“He’s already worked out the areas he wants to improve in.
“He always had a three summer transfer window plan for Manchester United.
“What I’m told he wants is a player who is better than what he’s got at the moment and they don’t see Ozil as being better than what he’s got in terms of that central, creative, attacking midfielder.
“Where he does want to recruit is in a faster wide player which isn’t Ozil’s forte.
“I think it’s unlikely that’s the club he ends up at when he has his freedom on contract in the summer.”
Is Ozil better than Mkhi or Mata? Would he be an automatic starter at United? Is he even an automatic starter at Arsenal now?