Mesut Ozil could reportedly leave Arsenal in the January transfer window, with Fenerbahce a likely destination for the former Germany international.
Ever since Mesut Ozil was omitted from Arsenal’s matchday squad to face West Ham United, there have been numerous stories of a rift between him and Unai Emery. Now, Turkish publication, Aspor are suggesting that the former Germany international could move to Fenerbahce as soon as January as Arsenal could be ready to sell their star midfielder.
Mesut Ozil’s time at Arsenal has arguably been a successful one, but one laden with heavy criticism from pundits, media and fans alike. However, there are widespread suggestions that the German could move away from the Emirates as soon as the January transfer window, with Turkey likely to be his destination.
There have been several reports of a rift with Arsenal boss Unai Emery, and a reported training ground bust-up which led to Ozil’s omission from the matchday squad to face West Ham last month. The club and Emery had dismissed stories of the run-in, citing illness as the reason behind his omission. Since then, Ozil returned and started Arsenal’s next game against Cardiff City.
The reports suggest that Ozil has had several disagreements with Emery over his methods, especially with his high demands in training, something the player has been unable to cope with. Additionally, the German hasn’t performed as well as one would expect from a player of his calibre so far this season and the Arsenal boss is seemingly unhappy with the same.
Fenerbahce are the club linked with a move for Ozil in the January window, but the links could be more on the grounds of Ozil’s Turkish descent. Ozil has previously suggested that playing in the Turkish league might interest him, but it’s doubtful he would leave Arsenal for the Turkish club at this point of his career.
Fenerbahce, on the other hand, would be interested in a player like Ozil, but might not be the only Europan giants after him. Additionally, there are the finances involved in a possible deal for Ozil that would ensure the deal might never happen.
Ozil only signed a new contract with Arsenal in January this year worth £350,000 per-week and Fenerbahce certainly cannot afford it, plus whatever Arsenal might demand as a transfer fee.
Ozil still has three-and-a-half years to run on his current deal and has always reiterated his desire to play for Arsenal for the foreseeable future, and a transfer to Fenerbahce might only be a rumour. But, Ozil could yet move to Turkey in the future, probably when his Arsenal contract nears its end.