According to Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil’s agent, a move to Turkey could be a possibility this summer.
The club in question is 19-time domestic league winners Fenerbahce, who Ozil’s agent, Dr Erkut Sogut, claims ‘seem serious’ about the £42.5 million Arsenal record signing.
“It’s too early to talk right now. But you cannot know the conditions. Fenerbahce seem serious about Mesut.”
“However, leaving Arsenal for Fenerbahce could be a serious choice for him.
“They are one of Turkey’s biggest clubs.”
Although they may be one of Turkey’s biggest clubs, as Ozil’s agent states, leaving Arsenal would certainly be seen as a step down in standard.
What’s more, Ozil is a favourite of Arsene Wenger. The manager has played the Germany international in all but one league game this season as well as picking him consistently last term following a large period of absence due to a knee injury.
One can see no temptation other than money at this moment in time with on-pitch matters looking to be quite positive, particularly with Arsenal competing in the Champions League, albeit after an opening day defeat to Dinamo Zagreb this week.
Although the Turkish club have attracted names like Nani and Robin van Persie, along with other ex-Premier League talent such as Raul Meireles, these are ageing players with their best days possibly behind them.
Ozil still has between five and seven years to compete consistently in the Premier League, if he stays injury free, so moving to Turkey cannot be seen as a positive step, albeit if we’re only at the early stage of rumours.
Fenerbahce may be ‘serious’ about making a move for the Arsenal man but for the sake of competing at the top of the game in years to come he should stick with the north London club beyond the end of this season.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena