Arteta handed new Ozil dilemma amid £200,000-a-week 'pay cut' talks


Mikel Arteta seems set to face another big decision over Mesut Ozil if the latest reports on the German’s future are to be believed.

The Arsenal boss left Ozil out of his squads for both the Premier League and Europa League at the start of the season, meaning that the playmaker hasn’t played for the Gunners since March.

He still has six months remaining on his bumper £350,000 a week contract though, with all attempts to shift him off the wage bill so far proving unsuccessful.

It has now been claimed that Ozil has held talking with Turkish giants Fenerbahce over a move that would see him take a pay cut of around £200,000 a week in order to join the club on a £150,000 a week deal.



Arteta hasn’t picked Ozil since March

But while the switch may be negotiated in January, the move will not be completed next month and will instead happen when Ozil’s contract at the Gunners expires at the end of the season.

That would mean that Arteta would face another dilemma over whether or not to make Ozil available for the Premier League and/or Europa League when clubs submit their second squads after the closure of the January transfer window.

Even if Ozil had agreed to join Fenebahce he would still be eligible to play for Arsenal for the rest of the season, if only they were to register him.



Ozil is said to be interesting Fenerbahce

Murat Zorlu, a Fenerbahce club congress member, said that a move for Ozil was “90 per cent done” last month.

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He told Sport Digitale: “A source, who’s very well connected to the club has told me that Mesut Ozil is likely to become a Fenerbahce player during the next transfer window.

“I would say 90 per cent he will join us in one month.”

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