Turkish club ready to break the bank to sign Mesut Ozil from Arsenal


Turkish side, Istanbul Basaksehir, seem ready to end Mesut Ozil’s Arsenal misery.

The influential playmaker has been reduced to a peripheral figure by Unai Emery this term.
Ozil is rarely seen around the first team.

The 30-year-old has struggled for form and fitness and was left out of the match-day 18 for the 2-0 midweek defeat to rivals Tottenham in the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup.

Although the ex-Real Madrid star adopted Germany at international level, he is of Turkish descent.

It is no surprise the capital club is hoping an audacious bid can tempt him into a maiden foray.

Inter and Real Madrid are have all been linked, however, Basaksehir president Goksel Gumusdag has offered him an alternative.

“Mesut Ozil is a precious player,” Gumusdag said, as quoted by Bild.

“I hope one day our paths will cross at Basaksehir. “

Ozil recently extended his contract at the Emirates until the summer of 2023.

He is rated at about £45m which is very much affordable for the Turkish giants.

However, his reported weekly salary of £350,000 could present a major obstacle.

Basaksehir is six points clear at the top of the Super Lig.

The club’s directors have close links to Turkey’s ruling party and the country’s controversial president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Prior to last summer’s World Cup in Russia, Ozil was spotted with Erdogan.

This prompted outrage in Germany and set off a chain of events culminating in the player’s retirement from international football, where he cited “racism and disrespect” over his Turkish roots.

Should the move ultimately scale through, Ozil will be reunited with ex-Gunners Gael Clichy and Emmanuel Adebayor.

The 30-year-old began his career at Schalke 04 in 2005 before joining Werder Bremen two years later.

For the three seasons that followed, Ozil was a Real Madrid player, before arriving at Arsenal in 2013.