Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil is nearing a move to Fenerbahce after the latest round of discussions with the the North London club. Having expressed his desire to play in Turkey during his Twitter Q&A session with fans, Ozil’s representatives have been in negotiations with Arsenal to part ways with the midfielder.
Reports from Turkey last week claimed the former Real Madrid man will complete his transfer to Fenerbahce, and wear the Number 23 shirt. Ozil’s agent revealed in his latest interview that the midfielder has always wanted to play for the Turkish giants Fenerbahce.
Although Ozil’s contract ends on June 30, it is understood that negotiations are underway to part ways this month on a mutual agreement. The transfer will bring an end to a seven-and-a-half year spell at Arsenal for Ozil, after joining on a 42.5m£ fee in 2013 from Real Madrid.
Ozil had an impressive start to his Arsenal career under Arsene Wenger, and won three FA Cups during his time at the North London club. The former Real Madrid man won the club’s Player of the year award in 2015-16 season for his 19 assists in the Premier League.
However, the performances started to fade away in the later years, especially after the departure of Arsene Wenger. The midfielder was dropped by Unai Emery, and Mikel Arteta followed the suit by not including Ozil in the Premier League and Europa League squads.
The exclusion by Mikel Arteta prompted Ozil to question Arsenal’s loyalty, and had the footballing world divided on their opinions.