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Mesut Ozil and Arsenal agree to terminate contract ahead of Fenerbahce move

Ross Jackson
Jan 16, 2021, 12:25 PM GMT
Mesut Ozil's Arsenal deal has been terminated
Mesut Ozil's Arsenal deal has been terminated | Alex Morton/Getty Images
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Mesut Ozil and Arsenal have reached an agreement in principle which will see his contract terminated.

The German international was left out of Arsenal's Premier League and Europa League squads earlier this season, meaning his minimal involvement on matchdays has become somewhat of a non-issue.

Mesut Ozil hasn't been registered for Arsenal's Premier League or Europa League squads this season
Mesut Ozil hasn't been registered for Arsenal's Premier League or Europa League squads this season | Robin Jones/Getty Images

Speculation regarding where his future lies has continued to circle over the past few months, though Ozil insisted recently that he would honour the three-year deal he signed with the club back in 2018 - despite interest from a number of clubs.

MLS outfit DC United had been keeping tabs on Ozil, and he is keen to explore a move to North America at some point, but 90min learned last week that front runners Fenerbahce already had a pre-contract agreement in place' one that would allow the 32-year-old to move to Turkey on loan in January, rather than waiting for the summer.

Ozil himself confirmed in a recent social media Q&A session that he would never consider signing for any other Turkish side.

Gunners head coach Mikel Arteta has remained coy throughout the transfer window, though he has previously conceded that the club and the player have been in regular talks, and it seems the conclusion to the transfer saga is now in in sight.

The Athletic report that Ozil and Arsenal have agreed a deal in principle which will see his contract at the Premier League club terminated, instead of the loan move - with the north Londoners continuing to cover his wages - that had initially been proposed.

Ozil is expected to sign a long-term deal with Fenerbahce, and could put pen to paper on a contract before the end of the weekend. Fenerbahce and Arsenal have yet to confirm or deny the speculation, but it seems one of the most tedious transfer stories in recent history is finally coming to an end.

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