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Mesut Ozil ‘ready’ to terminate Arsenal contract to secure move


Mesut Ozil and Arsenal are in negotiations over a possible early termination of the contract in order to allow the World Cup winner to secure a move elsewhere.

One of Arsene Wenger’s last acts as Arsenal manager was to tie Ozil to a new long-term deal in 2018, with the playmaker becoming the biggest earner in club history, pocketing 350,000 £ per week.

However, Ozil has been used more sparingly by successors to Wenger Unai Emery and Mikel Arteta and his first-team opportunities have been non-existent this season after being excluded from the Gunners’ Premier League and Europa League sides.

Mesut Ozil
Ozil has not featured for Arsenal since lockdown | Robin Jones / Getty Images

Ozil had previously said he intended to stay in the Emirates and see his contract, but according to the Athletic he would be willing to forgo part of his salary in order to move away from north London.

The 32-year-old is set to pocket £ 7million between January and the conclusion of his current contract with Arsenal at the end of June – but is reportedly willing to leave some of it on the table to secure a exit from the Emirates.

Representatives of Arsenal and Ozil are in negotiations to end his contract prematurely. However, if a deal cannot be reached, he will continue to train with the Gunners’ first team until his contract expires.

If Ozil leaves Arsenal in January, it will only be for Fenerbahçe. 90 mins understands that the Turkish side made a deal to sign him on loan in January, before securing a permanent move after his contract expires this summer.

“He always said that if he came to Turkey he would only play for Fenerbahçe,” Ozil’s agent said Thursday. “I think it’s very important that Mesut comes not only as a footballer but also as a lover of Fenerbahce. There is a process at the moment. We can’t say it’s over until we’ve signed it in the process. I hope so. ”