Ozil's wage demands push him away from Arsenal and towards Old Trafford

Mesut Ozil’s wage demands may have given Manchester United a slight edge in the race to sign him.

The German has been linked with several moves away from the Bernabeau this summer with the most significant interest from the Premier League coming from Arsenal and Manchester United.

The Gunners have been most recently linked with Ozil as the pressure grows on Arsene Wenger to make a big name signing before the close of the transfer window this Monday.

However, the latest reports suggest that Ozil is unwilling to take too much of a pay cut if he is forced out of Real Madrid, wanting a package worth £200,000 per week from any side looking to sign him.

That’s fantastic news for Manchester United because while Arsenal have the cash to splash on transfers, Wenger has always been very socialist and hard nosed in the way he views wages and the socialist pay structure that Arsenal have.

Wenger seems keener on keeping a more equal pay structure at Arsenal and while some players are still paid more than others, he seems very reluctant to go what he would consider to be over the top.

“We have no players on £200,000-a-week. We have a more socialist model,” said Wenger back in January.

The realistic chances of Ozil leaving the Spanish club have increased due to the inconsistent way he has been used by Carlo Ancelotti since the Italian took over from Jose Mourinho.

His quality as a central midfielder makes him a very attractive player to both Arsenal and Manchester United but out of the two, United are more likely to put a mega offer in front of him than the Gunners.

United’s recent pursuit of Cesc Fabregas has shown that David Moyes is in the market for a top quality central midfield player and if the network of scouts and agents indicate that Ozil is definitely available then United could react very quickly.

Ozil is certainly a player that would interest Moyes because he has many similar qualities to Fabregas who Moyes was urging United to pay mega money for and not just in a transfer sense.

Had Fabregas signed for United, he would have been put on a huge contract considering where he was coming from and how important he would have been to the current Old Trafford side.

Despite Arsenal’s midfield overcrowding, Ozil is definitely a player who would improve their side but whether they will push the boat out with a big contract is debateable.

If Ozil is up for grabs then it effectively comes down to which side is more likely to give him whatever he wants to sign on the dotted line and that would undoubtedly be United.

What do you think? Will Arsenal pay Ozil what he wants?

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