Turkish Club Fenerbahce have confirmed they won’t be signing midfielder Mesut Ozil from Arsenal this summer, MySportDab reports.
Ozil was handed a £350,000-a-week, three-and-a-half year contract in January 2018, four months before Arsene Wenger left the club.
The German was given freedom to express himself in Wenger’s side but the wise Frenchman’s successor Unai Emery has not taken to the attacking midfielder.
Emery demands a high work rate from his players and his formations do not afford space for a maverick number 10.Ozil’s hefty pay packet has put Arsenal in a difficult position whereby they have set a standard for wages which is unsustainable.
They have not been able to pay players of similar – or even greater – importance similar amount, which ultimately led to Aaron Ramsey’s free transfer to Juventus.
“In recent weeks, and especially in the last few days, the necessity of providing information about the claims of Mesut Özil has arisen,” read a statement.
“Mesut Ozil, with his career and standing, successfully represents our country abroad.
“He is an important value known with the identity of Fenerbahce.
“However, Fenerbahce does not have a proposal for Mesut Ozil.
“Under the current economic conditions, such a step is not possible for both parties.
“Our president, Ali Koc, made statements on the subject on June 20 and emphasised that this could not be realised in the short term.”
As a result, The Gunners want to get Ozil off their wage budget but knew it would be tough for circling clubs to match the 30-year-old’s salary.
Ozil, who Turkish roots, was linked with Istanbul-based club Fenerbahce, but the 19-time Super Lig champions have recently signed compatriot Max Kruse.
The 31-year-old, who joined for free, operates in a similar position and his arrival led to the club confirming they will not try to sign Ozil.
Ozil wants to fight for his future and has reported back to training this week ahead of the club’s pre-season tourof USA.