Mesut Ozil is expected in Turkey this weekend to complete his transfer to Fenerbahce on Monday as a free agent.
The former Germany international is understood to have reached agreement with Arsenal over the terms of terminating his contract by mutual consent.
As Sportsmail revealed earlier this month, Ozil has been in talks over cutting short his £350,000 a week deal with coach Mikel Arteta continuing to omit the 32-year-old from his Arsenal squads.
Arsenal are understood to have reached a deal in principle to cancel Mesut Ozil’s contract
Ozil has been in talks this month about cutting his deal short with coach Mikel Arteta continuing to omit the 32-year-old from his Arsenal squads
Ozil had intended to see out his contract but with Fenerbahce pushing hard for him to join now and the prospect of no competitive football at Arsenal, he is willing to forego some of his huge salary to reach a compromise and leave.
Fenerbahce president Ali Koc said on Tuesday that progress was being made, and sporting director Emre added that the ‘dream’ move was getting closer.
‘I look very positively on behalf of the community and the president, but I do not see it easily. We have plans of our own,’ Emre told reporters.
The German midfielder is now expected to complete a move to Turkish giants Fenerbahce
The German is set to leave the club having made 254 appearances and scored 44 goals
‘Mesut also has a contract with his club. He is a superstar. We are talking about a player who contributed to a goal in every other game at every club he has played for. I would be very pleased if Fenerbahce could have 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 underlined that if Ozil does sign, the contract would not disrupt the club’s existing wage structure.
He said: ‘After the meeting process with Mesut’s club is over, we will hold meetings between ourselves. If Mesut agrees with his club on the terms we want, it won’t stretch our financial limits this year.’
Ozil also won three FA Cups during his spell at the club, as well as the 2015 Community Shield
The Athletic claim Ozil was set to earn around £7million at the Emirates Stadium between now and the end of the current campaign, but an early termination has now been agreed.
The news appears to have brought an end to the protracted saga between the two sides, which erupted once more when Ozil was left out of Arsenal’s Premier League and Europa League squads by boss Mikel Arteta in October.
The 2014 World Cup winner has not featured competitively for the Gunners in more than 10 months, with his last appearance coming in March’s 1-0 win against West Ham when he assisted Alexandre Lacazette.
Ozil is set to leave Arsenal having played 254 matches for the club, scoring 44 goals and recording 77 assists following his £42.5m move from Real Madrid in 2013.
Emre said the Turkish giants were ‘closer than ever’ to Ozil and have met with him and his agent
The German also won three FA Cups, the first of which ended Arsenal’s nine-year trophy drought in 2014, as well as the 2015 Community Shield.
Ozil has also recently spoken of his affection for Fenerbahce during a Twitter Q&A.
He teased fans by saying: ‘I grew up as a Fenerbahce fan as a kid in Germany – every German-Turkish person supports a Turkish team when they grow up in Germany.
‘And mine was Fenerbahce. Fenerbahce is like Real Madrid in Spain. The biggest club in the country.’
When asked by another Twitter followers which was his favourite district in the city, Ozil replied ‘Kadikoy’, which is where the club’s stadium is located.
Ozil teased fans about a move to Fenerbahce, calling them the ‘biggest club’ in Turkey
Ozil recently posted a throwback picture of himself in Istanbul as talk over a move heated up