As the German edges closer to a step away from the club, the specifics of Mesut Ozil’s contract termination at Arsenal have been released.
After the door was closed to a return to first-team action at Arsenal, Ozil is thought to be on the cusp of a move to Fenerbahce.
It was originally thought that for the remainder of the season, he will join the Super Lig side on loan, with the Gunners taking up his £ 350,000-a-week salary before his deal expires and he will make the transfer permanent at the end of this campaign.
However, this month, when Arsenal expects to cancel its contract if an arrangement can be fulfilled, Ozil could be free to make the move long-term.
Turkish reporter Yagiz Sabuncuoglu reports that, as part of the deal, the German international will earn more than £ 7 million.
One downside for Ozil is that if he sees out the length of his deal, he is in line to earn a loyalty bonus, a waiver he will naturally have to ditch by quitting this winter.
To thrash out the agreement to allow Ozil to leave north London, talks are expected to resume on Saturday.
Arteta seemed to admit that, while insisting his reputation was not tarnished by the ordeal this season, Ozil had played his last game for the club.
It is unquestionable what Mesut has done at the football club and that will remain,” the Spaniard said.” If he plays two more games, 10 more games, or zero, does not matter.
“I think for the records, the history of the club and his contribution, what he did is there, nobody can discuss that.”
The imminent departure of Ozil comes as Arteta intends to trim his squad for the second half of the season, already leaving William Saliba on loan to Ligue 1 club Nice.
Sead Kolasinac has already departed for Bundesliga side Schalke 04 on loan, but Arteta admits that the present coronavirus conditions have made transfer deals much more difficult.