Mesut Ozil to Turkey?
Ozil has continuously stated that he loves Arsenal, but his boyhood club, the one he supports, has always been Fenerbahce.
German-born but of Turkish origin, the likeliest destination for the 32-year-old whenever he leaves the Premier League has always been the Super Lig. Rumours of interest from Fenerbahce have remained for the best part of two years, but the latest comments coming out of Sarı Kanaryalar are the most concrete yet.
Congress member, Murat Zorlu, has insisted the club are ‘90%’ sure to sign Ozil in the coming January window, in an interview given on Turkish channel Sport Digitale.
"“A source, who’s very well connected to the club has told me that Mesut Ozil is likely to become a Fenerbahce player during the next transfer window. I would say 90% he will join us in one month.”"
For the sake of all three parties, it’s the best resolution. For Ozil, at the age he is, playing football is the most important, and at a club in the top tier of Turkish football, one he holds close to his heart, the fit is perfect. They’re a side challenging for top honours, and a player of his stature deserves to be in the hunt for trophies.
In regards to Fenerbahce, they’d welcome him with open arms. A marquee signing of his ilk would provide more than just footballing benefits. It’s been six years since they won the league title, finishing runners-up three times in that period, and his inclusion could be seen as the perfect remedy to their title woes.
Then, for Arsenal, the obvious financial lift from having £350k off the wage bill every week would be immeasurable, especially at a time of crisis where ailments to the on-field scars look only obtainable in the transfer market.