Manchester United believe they will land Mesut Ozil for nothing next summer, according to reports.
The German playmaker will be available on a free transfer at the end of the season, if he opts not to extend his stay at the Emirates.
The Independent claim United boss Jose Mourinho is confident of convincing Ozil to stay in the Premier League and make the controversial switch to Old Trafford.
Talks have been ongoing between Arsenal chiefs and Ozil’s representatives about a new deal at the Emirates.
However, talks have hit a brick wall and there does not look like there is a real appetite on the player’s part to commit to the Gunners long-term.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is desperate to hold on to Ozil, a player the Frenchman has defended and kept faith with despite the former Real Madrid star’s performances which have polarised Arsenal and football fans at large.
If Arsenal do give up on Ozil, they could look to move him on in January to avoid the prospect of losing him and Alexis Sanchez for nothing at the end of the season.
The 28-year-old is free to sign a pre-contract with a European club from January 1, but not with another team in England.
The United boss will look to take advantage if his previous relationship with the German international to get a deal over the line.
The pair arrived at Real Madrid together in 2010, and hit it off well with the Mourinho showing huge faith in the player signed from Werder Bremen after the South Africa World Cup that summer.
Ozil and the Portuguese have kept on good terms since their time together in Spain with the United boss writing the player’s foreword in his autobiography.
United are also monitoring Sanchez’s situation, another player out of contract at the end of the season with little chance he will be an Arsenal player next season.
But a move to the Eithad to join Manchester City is the Chilean’s likely destination when his deal expires.