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Mesut Ozil hints that he could wear number 67 shirt for Fenerbahce

Published on: 17 January 2021

Mesut Ozil has hinted that he will wear the number 67 shirt as his Arsenal exit draws ever nearer with Fenerbahce set to snap up the Gunners outcast.

The 32-year-old's seven-and-a-half-year stay in north London is almost over with the midfielder understood to have reached an agreement with the club over the terms of terminating his £350,000-a-week contract by mutual consent.

Sportsmail revealed earlier this month that Ozil was in talks to cut his deal short with Mikel Arteta continuing to omit him from the first-team squad.

And Ozil revealed earlier this week that he is edging towards joining his boyhood club, responding to a Fenerbahce tweet with two love heart emojis consisting of the club's colours as well as an hourglass symbol, indicating the announcement could be made soon.

The World Cup winner shared another tweet on Sunday afternoon that hinted towards life in Turkey, tweeting the number 67 along with a love heart emoji.

Earlier in the week, the midfielder spoke of his admiration for the club during a Twitter Q&A.

He teased fans by saying: 'I grew up as a Fenerbahce fan as a kid in Germany - every German-Turkish person supports a Turkish team when they grow up in Germany.

'And mine was Fenerbahce. Fenerbahce is like Real Madrid in Spain. The biggest club in the country.'

According to reports in Turkey from AFC Bell, Fenerbache's president Ali Koc has a plane on standby and will fly the midfielder over to Turkey as soon as he sorts out his paperwork with Arsenal.

The same outlet claim the club are planning a party for his announcement, which will be broadcast live on television, radio and social media platforms.

Koc said on Tuesday that progress was being made, and sporting director Emre added that the 'dream' move was 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,' Emre 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. The fact that Mesut had this childhood dream and Fenerbahce had the dream has made this step so close for the first time.'

Emre underlined that if Ozil does sign, the contract would not disrupt the club's existing wage structure.

He said: 'After the meeting process with Mesut's club is over, we will hold meetings between ourselves. If Mesut agrees with his club on the terms we want, it won't stretch our financial limits this year.'

The Athletic claim Ozil was set to earn around £7million at the Emirates Stadium between now and the end of the current campaign, but an early termination has now been agreed.

Ozil has not featured for the Gunners in more than 10 months, with his last appearance coming in March's 1-0 win against West Ham when he assisted Alexandre Lacazette.

Source: m.allfootballapp.com

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