Mesut Ozil's agent delivered a surprise to Arsenal fans today after claiming Turkish outfit Fenerbahce are "serious" about signing him.
Arsenal forked out a club record £42.4million to sign Ozil from Real Madrid in 2013 and, despite initially struggling to settle to life in the Premier League, he remains an important fixture in Arsene Wenger's team.
Few would disagree that the playmaker's performances have been patchy since arriving at the Emirates, but, in his third season, Ozil is finally threatening to rekindle his very best form.
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Regardless of how well he does this season, the Gunners may get the chance to cash in on the 26-year-old next summer with Fenerbahce supposedly readying a big-money bid.
Erkut Sogut, who represents Ozil, told Turkish newspaper Vatan: "Fenerbahce are serious but it all depends on what answer Arsenal give. It will all become clear at the end of the season."
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An ambitious move
Money appears to be plentiful in Turkey with Fenerbahce adding big names to their squad in the summer. They succeeded in their attempts to bring Robin van Persie and Nani in from Manchester United, proving they have the resources to pay Ozil's £190,000-a-week wages.
However, there is some doubt as to whether Arsenal would accept anything under the original fee they paid for him two years ago. Ozil's stock has fallen quite significantly since his days at the Bernabeu, but Wenger is unlikely to accept a loss on a player he rates so highly.
Ozil himself did suggest that he would be open to playing for Fenerbahce at some point in his career. As a lifelong fan, the World Cup winner admitted it would be an honour to wear their famous yellow and black strip.
He was quoted as saying in July: "In the future I want to wear a Fenerbahce shirt. It would be an honour. Everyone knows I am a Fenerbahce fan."
Despite his affinity to the club, it seems unlikely that Ozil would agree a switch to such an uncompetitive league while still in his prime. Instead, a move in the latter stages of his career seems much more plausible.
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