Mesut Ozil transfer talks 'slowly' progressing claims Fenerbahce sporting director as Arsenal look to cut ties
ARSENAL outcast Mesut Ozil could soon be departing the Emirates after Fenerbahce sporting director Emre Belozoglu revealed he is 'closer than ever' to joining.
His comments come after the Turkish side's president Ali Koc talked up the possibility of bringing the World Cup winner to the club.
He too admitted that the Super Lig giants are in contact with the 32-year-old – who is in the final six months of his contract in North London.
And SunSport have exclusively revealed that the ex-Real Madrid ace would be prepared to leave the Gunners this month.
But the former Schalke playmaker – who has spoken of his love for Fenerbahce – would want Arsenal to spread out the remaining of his £350,000-a-week across three years.
Commenting on the player, Emre – who enjoyed a three-year stay at Newcastle – told reporters that while negotiations are slow, he is confident a deal can be reached.
Quoted by Sky Sports, he said: "Mesut Ozil has been one of the most special players in the world for his position in the last 20 years.
"If this transfer takes place, it will be a first. I regard it as a very positive move for both our community and our president, but I don't think it will be easy.
"We have our own plans. And Mesut has a contract with his club. He is a superstar.
"We are talking about a player who contributes to goals in every other game, regardless of which team he plays for.
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"I will be extremely pleased if Fenerbahce can have such a player, especially while we are on duty.
"We had a meeting with him and his agent. It's happening slowly, but Mesut is closer than ever to Fenerbahce.
"The fact that Mesut's childhood dream is still alive and Fenerbahce has such a dream has made this step so close for the first time.
"After Mesut is done with the negotiations with his club, we will have our own negotiations among ourselves.
"If Mesut can make a deal with his club on the terms we expect, it won't be a burden for us financially considering our limits this year."
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