Mesut Ozil 'will forego some of the £7m Arsenal are due to pay him'

Mesut Ozil ‘will forego some of the £7m Arsenal are due to pay him before June’ to push through move away this month with Fenerbahce and DC United linked with the German outcast

  • £350,000-a-week Mesut Ozil wants to seal a January move away from Arsenal 
  • German playmaker has been linked with transfer to Fenerbahce and DC United
  • He is reportedly willing to give up some of his wages to force through a switch
  • Ozil hasn’t played a single minute this season after Mikel Arteta froze him out
  • The player revealed his affection for Fenerbahce in Twitter Q&A this week
  • Turkish club’s president said they are ‘closer than ever before’ to signing him 

Mesut Ozil ‘is prepared to forego some of the £7million Arsenal owe him before the summer’ in order to force through a move away this month.

The German attacking midfielder, 32, wants to depart the Emirates Stadium having been frozen out of Mikel Arteta’s squad this season.

Ozil, who earns £350,000-a-week at Arsenal, has been linked with a move to his favourite Turkish club Fenerbahce or DC United in Major League Soccer.

Mesut Ozil is reportedly prepared to sacrifice some of the £7million Arsenal are due to pay him before his contract expires in June to force through a transfer away this month

Ozil has been frozen out by Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and hasn’t played a game this season

According to The Athletic, Ozil is set to earn around £7m between now and the end of his contract in June and is willing to leave some money on the table to secure a move away this month.

If Ozil doesn’t depart in January, he will stay at Arsenal for the remaining five months of his deal, training with Arteta’s first team squad but potentially not playing again.

He was left out of Arsenal’s Premier League and Europa League squads for the first half of the season and this situation isn’t likely to change.

Talks with Fenerbahce are ongoing and Ozil spoke of his affection for the Istanbul club during a Twitter Q&A earlier this week.

Both Arsenal and Ozil want the transfer to happen if the right terms can be reached  

Ozil teased fans about a move to Fenerbahce, calling them the ‘biggest club’ in Turkey

Ozil also admitted that Kadikoy – where Fenerbahce are based – is his favourite area in Istanbul

He teased fans by saying: ‘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.’

When asked by another Twitter followers for his favourite district in Istanbul, Ozil replied ‘Kadikoy’ where the club’s stadium is located.

Ozil has reportedly agreed a three-and-a-half year contract with Fenerbahce following video conference talks with the club’s directors – but nothing has yet been officially confirmed.

Ozil recently posted a throwback picture of himself in Istanbul as talk over a move heated up

Speaking on Monday, Fenerbahce president Ali Koc revealed that the club are ‘closer than ever before’ to signing the Arsenal outcast.

‘Let me tell you the latest on Mesut Ozil,’ he told Canal+. ‘We’ve said it would be a dream for Fenerbahce.

‘The club knows what the coach wants and our transfer policy is guided by that. There hasn’t been an official announcement.

‘What I can say is we are closer than before. There may be a resolution, there may not be a resolution. Fenerbahce SK will make the announcement when the time comes.’

Ozil hasn’t played for Arsenal since he started their Premier League game against West Ham on July 3. He has only made their matchday squad twice since then and not at all this season.  

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