Mesut Ozil’s time at Arsenal appears to be coming to an end after Fenerbahce sporting director Emre Belozoglu said the midfielder is “closer than ever” to joining the Turkish club.
The 32-year-old’s contract, which makes him Arsenal’s highest earner, expires at the end of the season, but his representatives have held talks with Fenerbahce and DC United about a move during the January transfer window.
He has not been on Arsenal’s Premier League or Europa League squads this season and has not played for the Gunners since March.
Speaking to Turkish media about the prospect of a move from Ozil to Fenerbahce, Emre, who played three years in Newcastle, said: “Mesut Ozil has been one of the most special players in the world for his position over the last 20 years.
“If this transfer takes place, it will be a first. I see it as a very positive step for both our community and our president, but I don’t think it will be easy. We have our own plans. And Mesut has a contract with his club.
“He’s a superstar. We’re talking about a player who contributes to goals in every other game, no matter what team he plays for. I would be very happy if Fenerbahce can have such a player, especially when we’re on duty .
“We had a meeting with him and his agent. It’s happening slowly, but Mesut is closer to Fenerbahce than ever. The fact that Mesut’s childhood dream is still alive and Fenerbahce has such a dream brought this step closer for the first time.
“After Mesut finishes negotiating with his club, we will conduct our own negotiations with each other. If Mesut can close a deal with his club on the terms we expected, it won’t be a financial burden on us, given our limits . ” Year.
“Fenerbahce or any club in this matter can no longer afford to pay football players salaries of 4 to 5 million euros. There is no way we would pay amounts that would upset the balance within Fenerbahce or affect the salaries of other players. We can ‘I can’t afford that. “
Ozil conducted a Twitter Q&A earlier this week in which he revealed his desire to play in Turkey and the US before retiring. He added: “If I went to Turkey I could only go to Fenerbahce.”
The former German international replied to another question: “I grew up as a child in Germany as a Fenerbahce fan – every German-Turkish person supports a Turkish team when they grow up in Germany.
“And mine was Fenerbahce. Fenerbahce is like Real Madrid in Spain. The biggest club in my country.”
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Earlier this month, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said of Ozil’s future: “I don’t know what’s going to happen. Obviously, he can now negotiate with other clubs.
“We will discuss internally with the player and the agent what is the best situation for him in the near future and try to find the best solution for everyone.”
“If something has been sorted this month, it is because it is good for both sides, good for Mesut and his future and good for the club. If that is the case, we will move forward, if it is not the case, the player.” will stay here. “
Ozil, who joined Arsenal from Real Madrid in 2013, has scored 44 goals and registered 77 assists in 254 games for the club.