Fenerbahce are not able to sign Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil after claims they wanted to snap him up in the ‘biggest transfer’ in Turkish football history.
The enigmatic midfielder has endured a turbulent stint in the Premier League and over the past few transfer windows has constantly been linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium.
But with Gunners boss Unai Emery hellbent on raising funds to bolster his squad and just a £40million budget to work with, there have been hopes that a lucrative deal for Ozil could prove beneficial for both parties.
Fenerbahce are not able to sign Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil and have released a statement
Sky Sports had earlier reported that Fenerbahce would be interested in signing him.
‘If this happens it would possibly be the biggest transfer in the history of Turkish football,’ Sky Sports claimed.
But the Turkish giants have now put out a statement revealing such a move would not be feasible: ‘Mesut Ozil, with his career and standing, successfully represents our country abroad (Ozil is of Turkish ancestry).
‘He is an important value known with the identity of Fenerbahce.
‘However, Fenerbahce does not have a proposal for Mesut Ozil. Under the current economic conditions, such a step is not possible for both parties.
‘Our president, Ali Koc, made statements on the subject in the WinWin program held on June 20 and emphasised that this could not be realised in the short term.’
Arsenal could still look to get Ozil off the wage bill as it would certainly loosen the financial shackles on Emery, with a host of midfield options reportedly on his radar.
Ozil is of German and Turkish descent and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was the best man at the player’s wedding earlier this summer.