Mesut Ozil’s camp have reportedly been given ‘encouraging’ feedback from Manchester United after putting out their ‘feelers’.

The Sunday Mirror Sport claim that Ozil’s people recently put out their feelers to United and received ‘encouraging’ feedback, which sounds gross but should we really be getting in a flap about it?

Jose Mourinho, who signed Ozil from Werder Bremen in 2010 when he became Real Madrid boss, has never made any secret of his admiration for the playmaker and it’s reported that he’ll attempt to convince the United hierarchy to bring Ozil on board.

Apart from his alleged £250k-per-week wages, the German would be free, so I’m not sure they would need that much convincing.

Without Juan Mata, who, like Ozil, is out of contract at the end of the season, the Red Devils could be looking for a new creative midfielder.

But is this likely?

Mourinho loves Ozil, that much is certain.

“Ozil is unique,” he said when the 28-year-old signed for Arsenal in 2013.

“There is no copy of him – not even a bad one. He is the best number 10 in the world. He makes things very easy for me and for his team-mates with his football vision and the decisions he makes.”

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Real Madrid’s new German player Mesut Ozil (R) and coach Jose Mourinho attend a training session at the Real Madrid Sports City in Madrid on August 19, 2010. (DANI POZO/AFP/Getty Images)

However, Ozil spoke at length in his recently released autobiography, Gunning for Greatness: My life, about his and Mourinho’s rocky relationship, claiming that while at Real, the manager told him, “You’re such a coward. What do you want? To creep under the beautiful, warm shower? Shampoo your hair? To be alone?

“Or do you want to prove to your fellow players, the fans out there, and me, what you can do?”

While the foreword to his book was written by his ex-manager and Ozil has also insisted that Mourinho was the reason he joined Los Blancos in the first place, the Germany international is now 28. Does he really want to be spoken down to like that?

Mourinho’s coaching style obviously works for some players. It’s up to Ozil whether he believes it would work for him at this point in his life.

This isn’t the first time this story has surfaced and is won’t be the last.

Inter Milan are also being heavily linked with a January move for Ozil as they’re reportedly unhappy with Joao Mario’s recent form, despite the 24-year-old having assisted three goals in five games already this season.

The Serie A giants are apparently planning a swap move between Ozil and Mario.

Good for them.