Arsenal and midfielder Mesut Ozil have reached an agreement in principle to terminate the German’s contract six months before it expires so he can seal a move to Turkish club Fenerbahce, The Athletic reported on Saturday.
Turkish media reported earlier this month that Fenerbahce would sign the former Germany international, who has Turkish ancestry, for three and a half years.
Mesut Ozil, one of Arsenal’s highest-paid players, is free to negotiate a pre-contract with other clubs as he is in the final six months of his contract with Arsenal, but The Athletic reported that Fenerbahce would sign him as a free agent.
“Fenerbahce is like Real Madrid in Spain. The biggest club in the country,” Ozil said during a question and answer session with fans on Twitter this week.
Signed in 2013 for a then-club record fee of over 42 million pounds from Real Madrid, Ozil played a crucial role under Arsene Wenger in ending Arsenal’s trophy drought, winning the FA Cup in his first season.