Turkish giants leading race to sign €20m-rated Arsenal playmaker

Fenerbahce boss Erol Bulut says Mesut Ozil’s future will ‘become clear in the coming days’ amid reports the London giants playmaker is in advanced talks to join the Super Lig club in the winter transfer window. Mesut has been exiled at Arsenal with the playmaker the last appearing for the London giants all the way back in March 2020.

Ozil has recently been insistent that he will see out the remainder of his £350,000-a-week deal which is due to expire at the end of the campaign. However, reports indicate that the Turkish club are working on a deal to bring former Germany international to Istanbul this month on a free transfer, rather than waiting until the summer.

When asked about the recent speculation, Bulut said: ‘Mesut Ozil’s situation will become clear in the coming days. Mesut’s name is very common. It is not possible for me to make a comment before he comes.’ Mikel Arteta has also taken a similar stance to the Fenerbahce coach by also insisting that Mesut’s situation will be decided imminently.

‘If something is sorted this month it is because it is good for both parties, for Mesut and for the club,’ Mikel Arteta said on Thursday. ‘If that is the case we will move forward, if it is not the case then he will continue here. We will decide what is happening in the next few days.’

Arsenal also announced 19-year-old centre-back Omar Rekik as their first signing of the winter window on Thursday. Meanwhile, Sead Kolasinac and William Saliba have left the club on short-term loan deals until the end of the campaign.