Mark Lawrenson: Why Man United won’t sign Arsenal star Mesut Ozil
The Liverpool legend doesn't believe Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho would want to sign Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil
Mark Lawrenson has poured cold water on talk of Manchester United signing Arsenal contract rebel Mesut Ozil.
The Gunners midfielder has been linked with a potential move away from the Emirates Stadium over the past 12 months or so.
Ozil has failed to reach an agreement with the Gunners regarding a contract extension and his current deal will expire at the end of the season.
Arsenal could risk losing the World Cup winner for free next summer when the World Cup winner’s contract expires at the end of the 2017-18 campaign.
Manchester United have been linked with a controversial move to sign Ozil after the German star worked with Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho for three seasons at Real Madrid.
The 20-time English champions have been accused of lacking creativity in midfield this term which Ozil would help to resolve.
Mourinho has established a hardworking ethic at Manchester United coupled with some rich attacking talent.
Former Liverpool defender Lawrenson doesn’t believe Ozil would fit into Mourinho’s desired style of play at Manchester United.
“I don’t think Mourinho would take him,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
“I’m pretty certain he wouldn’t take Ozil. He wouldn’t fit into the Mourinho blueprint of a player.”
Ozil moved to Arsenal in a £42.5m deal from La Liga giants Real Madrid in the 2013 summer transfer window.
The Gunners have won three FA Cup titles during Ozil’s stint at Arsenal.