Mesut Ozil appears on the brink of leaving Arsenal with Fenerbahce chief Emre Belozoglu claiming the midfielder is ‘closer than ever’ to signing for the Turkish giants.
Speculation around the transfer has been growing in recent days with both sides speaking openly about the prospect.
Mesut himself said on Twitter that he wanted to play in Super Lig before he retired, and would only play for Fener if he did so. His entourage, Erkut Sogut, revealed he hoped the deal would go ahead, saying Mesut wasn’t a Fenerbahce fan, but a fanatic.
Fener president Ali Koc said this week that progress was being mad, and sporting director Belozoglu now says the ‘dream’ move is getting closer.
“I look very positively on behalf of the community and the president, but I do not see it easily. We have plans of our own,” he told reporters.
“Mesut also has a contract with his club. He is a superstar. We are talking about a player who contributed to a goal in every other game at every club he has played for.
“I would be very pleased if Fenerbahce could have such a player. We had a meeting with him and his manager. Mesut is closer than ever.”
Elsewhere, The Gunners are readying a move for Bursaspor attacker Ali Akman, report the Daily Mail.
The Turkey Under-21 international has netted nine goals in 16 games this campaign, with a goalscorer a major need for manager Mikel Arteta.
Akman has turned down a fresh deal at Bursaspor and with only six months remaining on his current deal, the Turkish side will likely be prepared to cash in this month.