Soccer Transfer Rumors: Arsenal Ready to Sell Mesut Ozil, Turkish Club Fenerbahce SK Likely Buyer
Arsenal is prepared to sell German midfielder Mesut Ozil this summer and one likely buyer would be Turkish Super Lig side Fenerbahce SK. Ozil's fiancée, former Miss World contestant Amine Gulse, is from Turkey and so speculations are out that he could be settling down in the country for good.
Ozil was spotted with Gulse in Istanbul last month, which fanned the flame of rumors saying that the Germany international is planning to settle down in the Turkish city in a $6-million mansion. Ozil, who was born in Germany to Turkish parents, is said to be "poised to buy (the) property in Istanbul" and Fenerbahce is ready to acquire him from Arsenal if he wants to, Caught Offside reported.
Meanwhile, the report also indicated that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger's "patience is running out" as the 28-year-old attacker has yet to respond to Arsenal's latest contract extension proposal. Ozil's current contract will expire in 2018 and he is rumored to be asking an increase from his current $175,000 weekly wage before signing an extension.
While all signs point to an Arsenal exit, Fenerbahce has to "jump two financial hurdles" in order to pull off an Ozil signing. The first one is that the Yellow Canaries must pay Ozil's transfer fee estimated to be worth around $37.5 million, while the second is to give in to his salary demand of $250,000 per week.
Both requirements are financially draining for a club like Fenerbahce and there are still no indications whether the Turkish squad will be willing to shell out that much cash for only a single player. There are rumors that former Premier League standout Robin van Persie may leave the team in the offseason, which could "free up significant funds" for the club.
Ozil is currently in his fourth season with the Gunners after he was acquired from Real Madrid in the summer of 2013 for a fee of $53 million. He has scored 29 times in a total of 144 appearances for Arsenal since then.
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