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Fenerbahce Prepared To Wait For Mesut Ozil

Arsenal star Mesut Ozil is reportedly on the verge of ending his seven-and-a-half year spell at the Emirates Stadium.

It appears that Mesut Ozil's future has become clearer, and his move from Arsenal to Fenerbahce could be confirmed on Monday.

Ozil wants the €10m that remains owed to him paid over two years but Arsenal are refusing and actually want the €10m they paid him for the first half of this season, in which he hasn't played and been left out of their squad, paid back. Fenerbahce is like Real Madrid in Spain.

With Turkish reports suggesting earlier this month that Fenerbahce were close to agreeing a deal with Ozil, the 32-year-old has dropped hints in recent days that Istanbul would be his next destination.

And when asked about that manager Arteta said a move would only happen if it was "the best solution for everybody".

Ozil was born in Germany but has Turkish heritage, and Fenerbahce chairman Ali Koc has said previously that signing Ozil was a "nice dream".

Having started the first 10 games since Arteta's appointment in December 2019, Ozil has not featured since football restarted after the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic in June.

The World Cup victor has not played since March and was left out of Arsenal's 25-man squad for the Premier League this season.

Ozil was criticised in some quarters when he refused to take a pay-cut during the summer, with no football being played and Arsenal looking to balance the books.

MLS side DC United were also interested in Ozil, who had been given no indication by Arsenal or Arteta that he would be reinstated to the squad this month despite space possibly opening up in the squad due to other departures in the transfer window.

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