Arsenal want Mesut Ozil to leave this January, but on their terms.
This saga has dominated the winter transfer window already, and will continue to do so until the i’s are dotted and the t’s are crossed. Before said inscriptions, Mesut Ozil leaving Arsenal is all we’ll read about.
The terms of that agreement are what is currently separating the three parties. Depending on your source the minor details may vary, however; the general understanding is that Ozil has approved the details of a three-and-a-half year contract at Fenerbahce.
All signs point towards an inevitable exit that would bring an end to eight seasons in north London for the German, with the nitty gritty elements all that’s left to be thrashed out.
Any move that takes him back to Turkey will be an initial loan switch that turns permanent when his Gunners deal runs out in the summer. Earning a whopping £350k-per-week at Arsenal, just how that salary will be distributed between the clubs is proving the sticking point.
As per Fabrizio Romano, speaking on the Guardian, Arsenal have indicated to Fenerbahce that they have no intention of paying any of his wages should the deal take place.
It’s a bold stance from Arsenal. They’re desperate to move him on this month for a multitude of reasons, but by digging their heels in and refusing to part with any more money – beyond that they’ve already thrown flushed down the toilet – it’s either unwavering of confidence in the Turkish club’s interest or risky to the point of dangerous.
Fener could pull the plug and hold fast until the summer, in which case Arsenal are in the same position as before with the same – supposed – disruptive figure around the training ground. From the Gunners’ point of view, parting with Ozil and saving close to £9m in wages for the next six months is, well, a dream come true.
They need to ship deadwood, but in their eyes this is like chopping down an entire forest. Thing is, how will Fenerbahce fund such an outlay? According to reports, they’re doing all they can.