The move of the attacking midfielder may be confirmed as early as Sunday night as his time in North London comes to an end.
The seven-and-a-half-year spell of Mesut Ozil at Arsenal could end as early as this weekend, with the star of the Gunners on the verge of departing for Fenerbahce.
Talks between the club and Ozil’s representatives have been underway for weeks in an attempt to reach an agreement to terminate his £ 350,000-a-week deal – which expires this summer and still has around £ 7 million left to run – early.
And according to the goal, the agreement allowing the 32-year-old to end his stay in north London has now been achieved, in principle, after a breakthrough in the talks, with just a few finer details to be resolved.
Sources at Arsenal expect Ozil to fly to Turkey in the coming days to complete a free move to Fenerbahce, the club he supported as a child, should things progress as planned.
Ozil’s agent, Erkut Sogut, said earlier in the month: “Everyone knows that Mesut is from Fenerbahce.” It’s not just a football player that Mesut is. Fenerbahce is Mesut.
“He still said that he would only play for Fenerbahce if he came to Turkey. It is very significant, I believe, that Mesut comes not only as a footballer, but also as a Fenerbahce lover.
“At the moment, there is a phase. Unless we’ve signed it in the process, we can’t say it is over. I hope so, too.
Ozil joined Real Madrid’s Arsenal in 2013 for what was then a £ 42m ($57m) club-record fee.
His arrival coincided with the conclusion of the nine-year streak of Arsenal without a trophy, with the Gunners going on to win the FA Cup in North London for the first season.