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Mesut Ozil could become a Manchester United player if Jose Mourinho takes over at Red Devils.Reuters

In what would turn out to be a sensational transfer, we could see German playmaker Mesut Ozil play for Manchester United next season, only if Jose Mourinho becomes the Red Devils manager this summer. According to Italian media outlet Tuttomercato Web, the former Chelsea manager has thought of making Ozil a key player at Old Trafford.

Mourinho may not have been appointed the Manchester United manager as yet, but it is rumoured that the Portuguese will take up the role at the end of the current season. Even the former Real Madrid manager's camp believes that he will officially sign a contract with the Manchester outfit in weeks to come.

Ozil, meanwhile, has a contract with the Gunners until the summer of 2018. The 27-year-old has been in fine form this season for Arsenal as he clocked up 34 appearances in the EPL, scoring eight times and assisting as many as 18 goals. 

Mourinho had earlier worked with Ozil at Real Madrid and the attacking midfielder was a key part of his plans between 2010 and 2013. Along with German midfielder Sami Khedira and Angel di Maria, Mourinho had signed Ozil from Werder Bremen for a reported â‚¬15 million after the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Ozil is a former La Liga and a Copa del Rey winner with the Los Blancos, under Mourinho.

The German attacking midfielder, meanwhile, was neither a part of Arsenal's starting XI nor a substitute during the Gunners' crucial game against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday. According to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, Ozil was not included in the squad owing to a late hip problem.

Ozil, who joined the Gunners in 2013 for £42.5m, had earlier mentioned that anything can happen in football with regards to transfers. "My team mates are great, the city is great, but as said, you can never tell what will happen in football," the German international was quoted as saying by the Daily Star.

Arsenal are currently third in the EPL this season with 68 points and have a game in hand, while Manchester United are currently fifth with 63 points and have two more games to go [as on May 9].