Mesut Ozil mentioned goodbye to his Arsenal team-mates and membership employees at London Colney on Sunday earlier than flying to Turkey forward of a medical with Fenerbahce.
Ozil is predicted to be part of Fenerbahce as a free agent as soon as an early termination of his Arsenal contract – which had been due to expire in the summertime – is finalised.
The paperwork is predicted to be accomplished within the coming days earlier than Ozil indicators a three-and-a-half-year deal.
On Sunday, Fenerbahce publicly declared they have been in negotiations to the previous Germany worldwide. They knowledgeable buyers and the Borsa Instanbul (Turkish inventory trade) concerning the begin of negotiations with the participant.
The membership confirmed that Ozil was travelling from London to Istanbul, Fenerbahce’s official Twitter account posted: “Club Statement: Our club is bringing Mesut Ozil to Istanbul to continue the transfer processes.”
Ozil additionally posted an image of him and his household from their Sunday night flight.
He earlier gave a short cellphone interview with NTV in Turkey earlier by which he confirmed he’d arrive within the early hours of Monday to full the transfer.
“I am a Fenerbahce fan,” Ozil mentioned. “That is why I am very happy to be coming to Turkey with Fenerbahce. I’m very excited. God gave me the chance to wear this jersey as a Fenerbahce fan. God willing, I will carry it with honour and do everything I can for the team.
“Of course, I’m lacking a number of matches. I have never performed in a match shortly, however I’m bodily match, I’ve no points.”
The 32-year-old, who’s Arsenal’s highest earner, has not performed for the Gunners since March after being frozen out by supervisor Mikel Arteta.
Ozil was not registered in Arsenal’s Premier League and Europa League squads this season and has been free to speak to different golf equipment because the starting of January together with his Gunners deal expiring in the summertime.
The developments come after progress was made in talks between Arsenal technical director Edu, Fenerbahce director Emre and Ozil’s agent. The Gunners made it clear they wished Ozil to depart in January.
Ozil’s wages – he at the moment earns round £350,000 per week – will not be anticipated to be an issue, and it’s thought he’ll forego a portion of the excellent pay on the rest of his Arsenal contract.
Fenerbahce are below rising stress to meet monetary honest play rules and made it clear all through the negotiation course of that they might be unable to pay any important switch payment to Arsenal.
The membership might be helped by a part of Ozil’s general revenue settlement being funded by the Istanbul-based Exxen Media Group, which in return will retain a few of his picture rights.
Emre – who spent three years as a participant with Newcastle – believes Ozil can play a key position as a mentor to Fenerbahce’s younger gamers.
Ozil’s representatives have been additionally in talks with MLS facet DC United. In a Twitter Q&A earlier this week, Ozil expressed his want to play in Turkey and the US earlier than he retires.
Ozil, who arrived at Arsenal from Real Madrid in 2013, scored 44 objectives and registered 77 assists in 254 appearances for the membership.
Analysis: Ozil leaves conflicted Arsenal legacy
Sky Sports’ Nick Wright:
‘Ozil has all the time had completely different sides to him. Good and unhealthy. Jaw-dropping and head-scratching. But few gamers can match his technical brilliance. Few may even see the sport in the best way he does, not to mention do the issues he does with the ball at his ft.
‘His first two years in north London yielded back-to-back FA Cups both facet of a World Cup triumph with Germany. But on a person degree, it was solely in his third that it really clicked for him at Arsenal. His 2015/16 season was an intoxicating show of craft and creativity.
‘Over the course of that marketing campaign, Ozil had a direct hand in 28 objectives in 45 appearances. He offered 19 assists within the Premier League, one wanting Thierry Henry’s file, and created 146 possibilities, a staggering complete which stays the very best in a single season since Opta began taking information nearly 20 years in the past.’
Read Nick Wright’s evaluation of Ozil’s legacy in full
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