Arsenal: Ozil's numbers as star nears Fenerbahce move
Arsenal are reportedly concerned that Mesut Ozil will not leave the club in January and instead see out the remainder of his contract. The 32-year-old’s current deal runs until the end of June, meaning Arsenal would be paying him his £350,000-a-week wages for a further 25 weeks.
This would see the former Germany international bank £8.75m and, according to the Sun, he would also be due a bumper loyalty bonus when his contract expires.
The report claims that the club’s hierarchy are ‘convinced’ Ozil will see out his deal, despite reports linking him with moves to Fenerbahce and MLS side DC United.
Reports from Turkey claimed that Fenerbahce have offered Ozil a three-year deal, with the Super Lig club long-term admirers of the midfielder who is of Turkish descent.
The report claimed that Ozil would join the club in January, with Arsenal agreeing to pay his wages until the end of this season.
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However, Fenerbahce are currently in debt and have already been forced to ask fans to donate to the club so they can pay their players’ wages.
Football.london detailed an offer from DC United which would see the franchise help expand his M10 brand across America.
It has also been claimed that DC would like Ozil to join up with the side in time for the start of the new MLS season which is tentatively scheduled for early March.
He could also sign a pre-contract agreement with clubs outside of England this month, which would see him move on a free transfer at the end of the current campaign.
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Speaking to ESPN, Ozil’s agent Dr Erkut Sogut said: “We were not allowed to talk legally before Jan. 1 so now we are just starting to look at the options with the numbers and details.
“I can’t talk about the clubs directly because it would be unprofessional but generally, there is six months left on the contract and it is nothing unusual that we will talk to people about different opportunities and try to find the best option for Mesut.
“He might stay at Arsenal until the summer but he might go. Mesut’s priority is to stay but you never know in football, things can change very fast.
“For the moment, we are just checking all the options for January and the summer.
“If we want to leave in January, I need to talk to Arsenal.
“If we sign for the summer, we don’t need to. That’s the situation.
“In the next seven to ten days, it will be a little clearer as now the transfer window is open, things can move faster.”
Ozil has not played for Arsenal since their 1-0 win over West Ham on March 7 and he was left out of their Premier League and Europa League squads at the start of the current campaign.
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