Fenerbahce boss Erol Bulut has explained that Mesut Ozil’s future will become clear as the Arsenal star is expected to complete a transfer to the Turkish club over the coming days after turning down a lucrative move to MLS outfit DC United.
“Mesut Ozil’s situation will become clear in the coming days,” Bulut said.
“Mesut’s name is very common. It is not possible for me to make a comment before he comes.”
Ozil has not played a single minute for Arsenal this season after being omitted from their Premier League and Europa League squad lists.
Mikel Arteta has been trying to push the German World Cup winner out of his squad and he may finally be getting his wish.
Speaking about the potential move earlier in the day, Arteta said: “I don’t know what is going to happen. Obviously now he’s free to negotiate with other clubs.
“We will discuss internally what the best situation for him is for the near future, obviously with the player and the agent too, and try to find the best solution for everyone.
“I think every player wants to play football. This is why we picked this profession and we are so lucky to be doing what we do. For every player that’s not playing, it’s always hard.
“I’m saying we will decide what’s happening in the next few days.”
Ozil’s agent Dr Erkut Sogut had previously told ESPN that he was working on a January transfer for his client.
“We were not allowed to talk legally before January 1 so now we are just starting to look at the options with the numbers and details,” Sogut said.
“I can’t talk about the clubs directly because it would be unprofessional but generally, there is six months left on the contract and it is nothing unusual that we will talk to people about different opportunities and try to find the best option for Mesut.
“He might stay at Arsenal until the summer but he might go. Mesut’s priority is to stay but you never know in football, things can change very fast.
“For the moment, we are just checking all the options for January and the summer. If we want to leave in January, I need to talk to Arsenal.
“If we sign for the summer, we don’t need to. That’s the situation. In the next seven to ten days, it will be a little clearer as now the transfer window is open, things can move faster.”