Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is seemingly on the verge of completing a move to Fenerbahce after sporting director Emre Belozoglu said a deal is “closer than ever”.
Ozil, whose £350,000-a-week Arsenal contract runs until the end of the season, has been frozen out at the Emirates Stadium for over six months now.
He was not registered in the club’s Premier League and Europa League squads for this season and has not played competitively for the Gunners since March.
Fenerbahce have been heavily linked with Ozil this month, with coach Erol Bulut telling Bein Sports earlier this month – via Goal.com – that the “situation will become clear in the coming days”.
And speaking to NTV Spor – translated by Sky Sports – about the prospect of Ozil moving to Fenerbahce, Emre said: “Mesut Ozil has been one of the most special players in the world for his position in the last 20 years.
“If this transfer takes place, it will be a first. I regard it as a very positive move 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 is a superstar. We are talking about a player who contributes to goals in every other game, regardless of which team he plays for. I will be extremely pleased if Fenerbahce can have such a player, especially while we are on duty.
“We had a meeting with him and his agent. It’s happening slowly, but Mesut is closer than ever to Fenerbahce. The fact that Mesut’s childhood dream is still alive and Fenerbahce has such a dream has made this step so close for the first time.”
And so, the Ozil saga appears to be edging closer to the end – it’s a shame that such a high-profile player, who arrived at the Emirates to such fanfare, is now seemingly on the verge of exiting the club through the back door.
Opinion continues to be split amongst the fanbase – some fans can’t wait to see the back of him, while others are gutted he’s leaving, particularly in such an anticlimactic way, but really, it looks as though this will be best for all parties.