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Ozil’s agent opens door for Arsenal exit amid Fenerbahce links as Gunners seek January fix


The midfielder has less than six months left on his current contract and has also been linked with MLS side DC United.

Mesut’s agent Ozil has raised the possibility of the German leaving Arsenal in January, although the north London club are adamant they have yet to start serious talks with any interested parties.

Ozil hasn’t played for the Gunners since March and hasn’t even been signed up by boss Mikel Arteta to be part of his 25-man Premier League squad for the first half of the season.

World Cup winner’s agent Dr Erkut Sogut has, however, always insisted the playmaker will not leave Arsenal before his contract expires this summer.

But amid reports in Turkey suggesting Ozil is close to a move to Fenerbahce and suggestions he could travel to the United States with DC United, Sogut has now revealed that a January exit could be a possibility. .

In an interview with ESPN, Sogut said: “We weren’t allowed to speak legally until January 1, so now we’re just starting to look at options with numbers and details.

“I can’t speak directly to the clubs as it wouldn’t be professional, but in general there is six months left on the contract and it’s not unusual for us to talk to people about different opportunities and try to find the best option for Mesut.

“He could stay at Arsenal until the summer, but he could go. Mesut’s priority is to stay but you never know in football, things can change very quickly. At the moment, we are checking all the options for January and summer.

“If we want to leave in January, I have to talk to Arsenal. If we sign up for the summer, we don’t need to. This is the situation. In the next seven to ten days it will be a little clearer than it is now. the transfer window is open, things can go faster. “

Arsenal are desperate to get Ozil, who earns £ 350,000 a week, off his books for the past two seasons, but have not been able to convince him to leave.

Clubs in the Middle East have shown interest in the former Real Madrid star, who moved to north London from the Bernabeu in 2013 and won four FA Cups during his time with the Gunners.

Arsenal’s hierarchy are ready to do what they can to facilitate a move before the end of the January window and are in regular dialogue with Ozil’s representatives to try to find a solution.

Sources confirmed to Goal that Ozil was given some time recently to try and help move things forward in his search for a new club.

He’s back now, however, and despite the interest reported by players like Fenerbahce and DC United, Arsenal have yet to be contacted by any club to discuss a potential transfer.

If contact were to be made in the coming days, Arsenal would not seek a transfer fee for the 32-year-old, who has less than six months left on his contract.