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Arsenal‘s highest-paid player Mesut Ozil could be set to leave in January, with Fenerbache reportedly interested.
Ozil, who moved to the Emirates Stadium from Real Madrid back in 2013, has been frozen out of manager Unai Emery’s plans this season.
The Arsenal boss has preferred young prospects Reiss Nelson, Dani Ceballos and Joe Willock and now the Gunners could be set to cut their losses in sanctioning a loan deal for Ozil come the January transfer window.
According to Turkish news outlet Takvim, Fenerbache are interested in taking the World Cup winner on loan in January.
Arsenal are reportedly willing to pay some of Ozil’s £350,000-a-week wages, such is their willingness to a deal.
The 30-year-old, who was flouted as a potential captain in the summer following the departure of Laurent Koscielny, does not ‘deserve’ to be in the starting line-up according to Emery, with a return to the team looking ever-more unlikely as the season progresses.
The German was originally given time off at the beginning of the season amid security concerns after he was the victim of an attempted robbery alongside team-mate Sead Kolasinac
But since then Ozil at times has not even made the matchday squad, as Emery opted to appoint midfielder Granit Xhaka as captain, and the standout performances of Arsenal’s crop of youngsters including Matteo Guendouzi has resulted in the former Germany international struggling for minutes on the pitch.
Given his hefty salary, the club are keen to cut their losses and move him on, and a move to Turkey could be tempting for the Turkish-German Ozil, as opposed to a season sitting on the bench.
Arsenal’s first game after the international break is away to Sheffield United on Monday October 21.