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Arsenal allow Mesut Ozil to join Fenerbahce but keep clever clause in contract

Arsenal reportedly sold Mesut Ozil to Fenerbahce on a free transfer, entitling them to future payments from the Turkish outfit.

Ozil left the Emirates having been frozen out by Gunners boss Mikel Arteta, not featuring on the pitch since March.

He has joined Fenerbahce, with it being believed that Ozil had his Arsenal contract terminated to allow the move.

Though it seems that was not the case with The Athletic reporting that the move was in fact a free transfer.

And, because of that, it’s reported that the Gunners could be entitled to future bonuses from Fenerbahce following the move.

Mesut Ozil left Arsenal earlier this month and has joined Turkish outfit Fenerbahce
Mesut Ozil left Arsenal earlier this month and has joined Turkish outfit Fenerbahce
(Image: FENERBAHCE)

It’s not clear the amount that the Gunners could earn, though Ozil was pocketing £350,000 per week during his time in north London.

Fenerbahce have even asked their fans to help pay for Ozil’s wages because they have £500m of debt.

Club president Ali Koc said: “We have a request for our fans. Please continue to support us, we are also dependent on your financial support.

“On the day of the signature, I will ask you to break a record. With an SMS campaign.

Mesut Ozil found life tough in his final months at Arsenal
Mesut Ozil found life tough in his final months at Arsenal
(Image: 2019 James Williamson – AMA)

“Maybe 300,000, 500,000 or maybe even a million text messages come together. This support will do us very good.”

Ozil posted a statement saying goodbye to Arsenal following his move.

He wrote: “I’d like to thank the club for this amazing journey over the past seven-and-a-half years.

“The support I have felt from the team and fans during my time here has been truly incredible and something I will always be grateful for.

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“Together we won trophies for the first time in years and created memories that will last a lifetime. The Arsenal fans will forever remain in my heart.

“I’d like to thank Edu Gaspar for helping bring about a professional and dignified solution in the past few days, and I wish everyone at the club the best in their attempt to continue to bring Arsenal back to the top, where we belong.”

Original article: https://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/arsenal-mesut-ozil-contract-transfer-23383891

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