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Turkish giants Fenerbahce are poised to enter the race to sign Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil if Ali Koc wins the club’s presidential election.
The German international is looking increasingly likely to depart the Emirates in one of the next two windows with no news to report regarding any progress on a contract extension for the midfielder.
Several European clubs are understandably monitoring the player’s contractual situation with designs on landing the player next year. It is now being reported that Fenerbahce could battle major European clubs to secure the player services for free at the end of the current campaign.
According to Daily Cannon, Fenerbahce could reportedly attempt to sign Mesut Ozil if Ali Koc is victorious in the upcoming elections. Ali Koc who is in contention to become Fenerbahce’s president is a wealthy Turkish businessman and is said to be keen on bringing Ozil on board as he looks to make his first marquee signing
The Yellow Canaries are long term admirers of Ozil and have built up close ties with the 28-year-old in recent years.
The Gunners playmaker who grew up supporting Fenerbahce has previously stated the opportunity to play for the Istanbul giants one day is one that he would graciously accept.
Ozil told the Sabah last July: “In the future I want to wear a Fenerbahce shirt. It would be an honour. Everyone knows I am a Fenerbahce fan.”
The Super Lig giants Fenerbahce would however have to stump up €5.7 million per-season to cover the wages of the World Cup winner.
Fenerbahce’s chances of signing Ozil are boosted by an unusual circumstance as Ozil’s girlfriend Amine Gulse – former Miss Turkey – reportedly wants to live in Instanbul.
While losing Ozil would definitely be a big blow to Wenger especially for free, the player’s departure to European minnows Fenerbahce would be a lot better than losing him to a direct rival as Manchester united have also been linked with a move for the German international.