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Mesut Ozil future takes twist as Arsenal take drastic transfer action

Ozil’s Gunners career has floundered since Unai Emery took over from Arsene Wenger last summer.

The playmaker signed a contract making him the club’s highest-paid player on £350,000-per-week just 17 months ago.

Once a top-class assist maker, Ozil struggled with his fitness last season and often looked a shadow of his former self.

After yet another anonymous showing in the 4-1 Europa League final defeat to Chelsea, it now seems that Emery has reached the end of his tether.

According to Calcio Mercato, Arsenal have asked Fenerbahce, Istanbul Basaksehir and Galatasaray if they would like to sign the German.

The report claims that Arsenal are willing to pay a portion of his wages for the first two seasons in Turkey.

Emery is desperate to free up funds after being granted a transfer budget of just £45m to work with this summer.

Arsenal attempted to offer Ozil to Inter Milan, Napoli and Juventus in January, but to no avail.

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Unai Emery wants to offload Mesut Ozil and use his wages to strengthen his squad (Pic: GETTY)

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Arsenal pay Ozil an eye-watering £350-000-per-week (Pic: GETTY)

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This fan wants to see Ozil playing for Fenerbahce in Turkey (Pic: GETTY)

None of the Serie sides were willing to match either Arsenal’s £27m valuation of the star or wish to pay his high salary demands.

Meanwhile, Gunners legend Charlie Nicholas believes two other attackers should be flogged alongside Ozil, and sooner rather than later.

The Scotsman wants to see Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Lucas Torreira, who has been linked with a move to AC Milan, shown the Emirates door.

“We’re being slow again in the market,” he told Sky Sports. “The manager has identified plenty of options. Defensively is the key area.

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Ozil provided just two assists last season (Pic: GETTY)

“We need three defenders to come in which will cost £60-£70m. We can’t afford someone like Aaron Wan-Bissaka but we need a whole new defence really.

“Who can they get out of the door? If you can get the right offer for Mesut Ozil you’d sell.

“Mkhitaryan can go and you want to keep Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

“Torreira seems to be interested in going back to Italy. If you can get the right money: take it.”

Original article: https://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/788636/Arsenal-news-Mesut-Ozil-Unai-Emery-transfer-update

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