Ozil agrees to terminate Arsenal contract, set to join Fenerbahce
The seven-year stay of Mesut Ozil at Arsenal is set to end after fresh reports claimed the former Germany attacker and the Gunners have reached an agreement in principle to release him from contract. Notably, the 32-year-old hasn't played for the club since March. As per reports, Ozil will travel to Istanbul this weekend to complete his move to Fenerbahce. Here is more.
After starting the first 10 games with Mikel Arteta as the Arsenal boss, Ozil has not featured since a 1-0 win over West Ham (March), before the coronavirus pandemic brought the game to halt.
Ozil was omitted from Arsenal's Premier League and Europa League squads. Notably, Arteta and technical director Edu termed "footballing reasons" behind the decision to do so.. Despite being the club's highest earner, he rejected a pay cut in April when the majority of the squad and backroom staff agreed to reduce their salaries by 12.5 percent.
Fenerbahce president Ali Koc, on Tuesday, said the deal made progress, while sporting director Emre added the "dream move" was getting closer. "I look very positively on behalf of the community and the president, but I do not see it easily. We have plans of our own," Emre told reporters. "I would be very pleased if Fenerbahce could have such a player."
Emre stated the contract might not disrupt their existing wage structure. He said, "After the meeting process with Mesut's club is over, we will hold meetings between ourselves. If Mesut agrees with his club on the terms we want, it won't stretch our financial limits."
Ozil is set to leave Arsenal after playing 254 matches for the club. During the period, he scored 44 goals and registered 77 assists, following his £42.5m move from Real Madrid in 2013. The 2014 World Cup winner has also won three FA Cups, the first of which ended Arsenal's nine-year trophy drought (2014), along with the 2015 Community Shield.