Turkish media reported today, Wednesday, that Fenerbahçe will sign the German midfielder Mesut Ozil from Arsenal for three and a half years, without revealing the financial compensation.
The club did not immediately comment on the reports, but A-Sport said that Fenerbahce had reached a preliminary agreement with Ozil, 32, to join the former Turkish champion, later this month.
Fenerbahçe chairman Ali Koç said earlier that hiring Ozil, who has Turkish roots, was a “beautiful dream” for the club, which has suffered from financial problems in recent years.
Koç acknowledged that Fenerbahce will have to abandon two players to conclude deals this month.
Ozil strengthened speculation that he would move to Fenerbahçe, the second-most-crowned club in Turkey, by posting a picture on the Instagram application of Istanbul, on Tuesday.
Ozil has not played any games for Arsenal since March 2020, and was excluded from the squad for the first half of the current season.
Ozil’s contract, one of Arsenal’s highest-paid players, expires at the end of the season, but Gunners want to lay off two players this January to reduce the squad.