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


Mesut Ozil and Arsenal have reached an agreement in principle which will see his contract terminated.

The Germany international was left out of Arsenal’s Premier League and Europa League sides earlier this season, meaning his minimal match-day involvement has become a bit of an issue.

Mesut Ozil
Mesut Ozil has not been listed for Arsenal’s Premier League or Europa League sides this season | Robin Jones / Getty Images

Speculation about his future has continued to spin in recent months, although Ozil has recently insisted he will honor the deal he signed with the club in 2018.

Although he has hinted that he has no plans to leave Emirates Stadium until his contract expires in the summer of 2021, that hasn’t stopped a whole slew of clubs from demonstrating their interest in the 32-year-old.

MLS team DC United have been keeping an eye on Ozil and he is eager to explore a move to North America at some point. But Fenerbahce stayed ahead of the race to sign him, with the German recently revealing in a question-and-answer session on social media that he would never consider signing for another Turkish team.

Mikel Arteta has remained coy throughout the January transfer window, although he has admitted that the club and the player are in regular talks, and it looks like the conclusion of the transfer saga may soon be in sight. Athletic report that Ozil and Arsenal have now reached an agreement in principle which will see his contract with the Premier League club terminated.

Not only is Arsenal’s departure from Ozil set to be confirmed, but it is also understood that he has chosen his next destination; with Fenerbahce winning the race to secure his services. It is understood that he will sign a long-term contract and possibly travel to Turkey to sign on the dotted line by the end of the weekend.

Fenerbahce and Arsenal have yet to confirm or deny the speculation, but it looks like one of the most tedious transfer stories in recent history is finally coming to an end.