There are love stories that end well, and others that end badly. For Mesut Özil and Arsenal, it seems more like the second option. Arrived in 2013 from Real Madrid for around 50 million euros, the German midfielder quickly established himself among the Gunners. But this season, under Mikel Arteta, the 32-year-old hasn’t played a single second, he who hasn’t made it to the Premier League or even the Europa League lists.
An important sporting choice, but which quickly impacted the finances of the London club, Mesut Özil being the best paid player in the workforce with a salary of around € 400,000 per week (or around € 21 million per year). And with a contract which was due to end in June, the former German international (92 caps) would receive € 7M until this summer, without playing! Eventually, Arsenal reached an agreement with their player for a contract termination. And the main concerned did not take long to find another challenge.
A salary divided by four
While announced in Turkey, Mesut Özil had inflamed many supporters with this statement on Twitter : “I grew up in Germany as a fan of Fenerbahçe. Any German-Turkish supports a Turkish team when growing up in Germany. Fenerbahçe, it’s like Real Madrid in Spain, it’s the biggest club in the country. (…) If I went to Turkey, I could only go to Fenerbahçe. “ A little call from the foot from the former Madrilenian, who did not go unnoticed.
Mesut Özil is in Istanbul! 💛💙 pic.twitter.com/tSyivOA8Em– Fenerbahçe SK (@Fenerbahce) January 17, 2021
After several days of negotiations, Fenerbahçe has indeed come to an agreement with Mesut Özil and announced his arrival a few minutes ago this Monday morning. And to join the Istanbul club, the native of Gelsenkirchen had to revise his salary downwards, he who will receive 5M € per year in Turkey. But the main thing is surely elsewhere: Mesut Özil will be able to play football again, he who has not played a match since June 7, 2020.
Source: Foot Mercato : Info Transferts Football – Actu Foot Transfert by www.footmercato.net.
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