Ozil Close To Fernabache Deal
Out -of -favour German midfielder in Arsenal, Mesut Ozil is in advanced talks to join Istanbul club Fenerbahce , Turkish media reported on Wednesday .
Ozil is expected to sign a three and a half year deal with the 19 – time Turkish champions , the privately-owned DHA news agency reported.
The reports came after the 32 -year -old , a World Cup winner with Germany in 2014 , fanned speculation by tweeting a photograph of himself in Istanbul with the words : “ This city … # throwback # Istanbul .”
Sports daily Fanatik reported that Fenerbahce chairman Ali Koc and team director Emre Belozoglu flew to London to persuade the player , who is of Turkish origin , to make the move .
A Fenerbahce spokesman did not immediately respond to AFP ’s query .
Other reports on Tuesday said Ozil was in talks with MLS side DC United .
Ozil moved to Arsenal from Real Madrid in 2013 and is the highest paid player in the Premier League club ’s history on a reported £ 350 ,000 ( $ 480 , 000) a week , but he has not played all season and does not appear to be in coach Mikel Arteta’ s plans .
He has expressed frustration over his treatment at Arsenal and has had a turbulent time at the north London club .
He stirred controversy in 2019 when he criticised China ’s treatment of the Uighur Muslim population in Xinjiang in a social media post , with Arsenal distancing themselves from his comments .
But he will apparently be earning far less at Fenerbahce as DHA and Fanatik said the proposed deal was worth five million euros ( $ 6 .1 million ) a year .
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was Ozil’ s best man at his 2019 wedding in Turkey .
Fenerbahce , one of Istanbul’ s three big clubs , are currently fifth in the Super Lig .