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Ozil in Istanbul .. Can Fenerbahce save him from ignoring Arsenal?

Turkish media reported today, Wednesday, that Fenerbahce will sign German midfielder Mesut Ozil from Arsenal for 3 and a half years, without revealing the financial compensation.

The club did not immediately comment on the reports, but A-Sport said that Fenerbahce had reached a preliminary agreement with Ozil, 32, to join the former Turkish champion later this month.

Fenerbahce president Ali Koc said earlier that the contract with Ozil – who has Turkish origins – was a “beautiful dream” for the club, which has suffered from financial problems in recent years, and Koc acknowledged that Fenerbahce will have to give up players to conclude deals this month.

Ozil strengthened speculation that he would move to Fenerbahce, the second most-crowned club in Turkey, by posting his photo on social media while in Istanbul on Tuesday.

Ozil has not played any games for Arsenal since March 2020, and was excluded from the squad for the first half of the current Premier League season.

Ozil, one of Arsenal’s highest-paid players, has signed with the London club at the end of the season, but Arsenal would like to lay off two players this January to cut the squad.

Arsenal is ranked 11th in the English Premier League, while Fenerbahce is fifth in the Turkish league, two points behind leaders Gaziantep.

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