Fenerbahce have confirmed they are planning to sign Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil – snapping him stepping off a plane as they bring him to Istanbul.
Ozil has been ostracised at Arsenal over the past few years and 90min learned the details of his impending move to Turkey earlier in January.
The Turkish side previously teased a potential announcement by tweeting ‘Gel Gündüzle Gece Olalım…’, but have now published pictures of former Germany international Ozil touching down in Turkey.
Their tweet reads: “Club Statement: Our club is bringing Mesut Özil to Istanbul to continue the transfer processes.”
Ozil was left out of manager Mikel Arteta’s 25-man Premier League squad for this season, having featured sparingly the previous term.
A loan move until the end of the season had been mooted, though recent reports have hinted that Ozil’s contract with Arsenal will be terminated. A long-term deal is expected to be signed by the former Real Madrid attacker.
Ozil recently commented on Fenerbahce during a Twitter Q&A, revealing: “I grew up as a Fenerbahce fan as a kid in Germany – every German-Turkish person supports a Turkish team when they grow up in Germany. And mine was Fenerbahce. Fenerbahce is like Real Madrid in Spain. The biggest club in the country.”
During an interview with Turkish TV channel NTV as quoted by Al Jazeera on Sunday, Ozil said: “I am a Fenerbahce fan. That is why I am very happy to be coming to Turkey with Fenerbahce. I’m very excited. God gave me the chance to wear this jersey as a Fenerbahce fan. God willing, I will carry it with honour and do everything I can for the team.
“Of course, I’m missing a few matches. I haven’t played in a match in a while, but I am physically fit, I have no issues.”