Fenerbahce are working to secure a deal for Mesut Ozil this month and have held talks with Arsenal about terminating his contract early and allowing him to leave on a free transfer, according to reports.
The 32-year-old, who is the club’s highest earner on £350,000-a-week, has been frozen out by Mikel Arteta and not featured for the club since March.
His current contract expires in the summer – meaning Arsenal are liable to pay him another £9million despite not playing – and he had been expected to see out the remainder of his deal before leaving on a free transfer.
But Ozil now looks increasingly likely to end his stay at the Emirates prematurely after receiving lucrative offers from both MLS side DC United and Turkish giants Fenerbahce.
It is Fenerbahce who appear to be leading the race to sign Ozil, who is a third-generation Turkish-German, speaks the language and even married former Miss Turkey, Amine Gulse.
According to Sky Germany, talks between Ozil and Fenerbahce have now hit a crucial stage after the Turkish side submitted a final, lucrative offer which the World Cup winner is inclined to accept.
They have spoken to Arsenal to see if they are prepared to let him leave on a free transfer this winter and have also requested that they take over a portion of his salary until the summer, when his deal with the Gunners would have expired.
Speaking about Ozil’s future, Arteta said on Thursday: ‘If something is sorted this month it’s because it’s good for both parties: because it’s good for Mesut and his future and because it’s good for the club.
‘If that’s the case, we will move forward. If it’s not the case, the player will continue here.’