Manchester United are considering an audacious swoop for Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil as his contract talks appear to be stalling, The Sun are reporting.

The 28-year-old is currently on £140,000 a week until 2018, which makes him the highest-paid player at the club, who have offered him a £20,000 pay rise to sign a new deal.

Long-term boss Arsene Wenger maintains that the manager should be the highest paid employee of a club and is on an agreement worth £160,000 a week that ends in the summer.

Arsenal will have to be willing to break that rule to get Ozil to sign a new deal to keep him at the club beyond 2018.

The new terms are far short of the £250,000 a week that Jose Mourinho is reportedly willing to pay the German and the player’s agent is set to use this interest to get a better deal out of the Gunners.

The pair worked together at Real Madrid, winning the La Liga title in 2012 and have kept a good relationship going since then.

The Red Devils know it is highly unlikely they will be able to work a deal in the January transfer window, but feel if he has not signed a new contract by the summer they could be within a chance of landing the World Cup winner.

With the history between them, if Arsenal are not willing to meet Ozil’s demands, the midfielder may be tempted by a reunion in the north west with Mourinho.

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