Mesut Ozil appears to be about to leave Arsenal and Fenerbahce manager Emre Belozoglu says the playmaker is “closer than ever” to joining the Turkish giants.
Speculation about the move has increased in recent days and both sides have been open about the prospect.
Ozil himself said on Twitter that he wanted to play in Turkey before retiring and that he would only play for Fenerbahce if he did. His agent, Erkut Sogut, admitted that he hoped the deal would go through, saying that Ozil was not a Fenerbahce fan, but a fan.
Fener president Ali Koc said on Tuesday that progress was being made, and sporting director Emre now says the ‘dream’ move is approaching.
“I look very positively on behalf of the community and the president, but I don’t see it easily. We have our own plans, ”Emre told reporters.
“Mesut also has a contract with his club. He is a superstar. We are talking about a player who contributed to scoring a goal in every other game in every club that he has played for. I would be very happy if Fenerbahce had such a player.
“We had a meeting with him and his manager. Mesut is closer than ever. The fact that Mesut had this childhood dream and Fenerbahce had the dream has made this step so close for the first time ”.
Emre stressed that if Ozil signs, he will not have a contract that alters the club’s existing salary structure.
He said: “After the meeting process with the Mesut club is over, we will have meetings with each other. If Mesut agrees with his club on the terms we want, our financial limits will not be extended this year.
“Fenerbahce and other clubs no longer have the power to bring in players with contracts of 4-5 million euros. There will be no numbers that alter the balance or affect the salaries of other players, we do not have that capacity ”.
Fener are currently second in the Super Lig, tied on points with leader Besiktas and two ahead of Galatasaray for third.
With the future of Ozil’s club up in the air, there have also been developments surrounding his international career. Fritz Keller, president of the German Football Federation (DFB) has contacted Ozil in an attempt to reconcile with the player after his bitter retirement from the national team in 2018.