Mesut Ozil And Arsenal Reach Agreement To Terminate His Contract, Will Sign For New Club On Monday
The Mesut Ozil and Arsenal saga looks set to finally end following reports that the two parties have reached an agreement to terminate his contract, which had six months left to run.
The 32-year-old Germany international is now expected to travel to Turkey this weekend to complete a move to Fenerbahce.
Ozil was set to pick up around £7m between now and the end of his £350,000-a-week contract in June.
However, a deal is said to have been reached which will see Ozil forego some of his huge salary and bring his time in north London to a close.
EXCLUSIVE: Arsenal & Mesut Ozil have an agreement in principle to terminate contract with immediate effect + end his 7.5yr #AFC career. If all goes to plan Fenerbahce expect 32yo to travel this weekend & complete move to #FENER as free agent @TheAthleticUK https://t.co/b9JCDK3miJ- David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) January 16, 2021
Fenerbahce president Ali Koc revealed last week that progress was being made, while sporting director Emre Belozoglu added that the move was getting closer.
"We are talking about a player who contributed to a goal in every other game at every club he has played for," said Emre. "I would be very pleased if Fenerbahce could have such a player.
"We had a meeting with him and his manager. Mesut is closer than ever. The fact that Mesut had this childhood dream and Fenerbahce had the dream has made this step so close for the first time."
Ozil is expected to take a pay cut if he does sign for the Turkish outfit.
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"After the meeting process with Mesut's club is over, we will hold meetings between ourselves," said Emre. "If Mesut agrees with his club on the terms we want, it won't stretch our financial limits this year.'
The 2014 World Cup winner has not featured competitively for the Gunners in more than 10 months. His last appearance came in March's 1-0 win against West Ham.
He was left out of Arsenal's Premier League and Europa League squads by boss Mikel Arteta in October.
Ozil will leave Arsenal having played 254 matches for the club, scoring 44 goals and recording 77 assists following his £42.5m move from Real Madrid in 2013.
During that time, he won three FA Cups, as well as the 2015 Community Shield.
He was the highest-paid player in Arsenal history when he penned a three-and-a-half-year deal in 2018.
Ozil spoke of his affection for Fenerbahce during a Twitter Q&A.
He said: "I grew up as a Fenerbahce fan as a kid in Germany. Every German-Turkish person supports a Turkish team when they grow up in Germany.
"And mine was Fenerbahce. Fenerbahce is like Real Madrid in Spain. The biggest club in the country."
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