Mesut Özil is in talks to join Fenerbahce on loan, but Arsenal have indicated they do not want to pay part of his salary if he moves to the Turkish club for the remainder of the season.
The former Germany international’s contract with Arsenal expires this summer, ending nearly eight eventful years at the north London club. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta explained this week that Özil’s future is expected to be resolved shortly.
“I say we’ll decide what happens in the next few days,” Arteta said when asked if Özil can stay at the club. “I don’t know what’s going to happen. Obviously, now he is free to negotiate with other clubs. We will be discussing internally the best solution for him in the near future, obviously with the player and the agent as well, and try to find the best solution for everyone.
Özil last played a game for Arsenal on March 7 last year, against West Ham in the Premier League, and it’s clear he won’t be returning for the club. The 32-year-old is currently making £ 350,000 a week and Fenerbahce is working to find a solution to the fact that Arsenal are currently unwilling to pay a percentage.
Major League Soccer remains an option for the World Cup winner as well, with DC United being the most likely destination. However, the player’s preference would be a switch to the Super Lig. – Guardian