Fenerbahce have backed out of the race to sign Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil this summer, so who could sign him?
According to Sky Sports, Fenerbahce have stated that they cannot afford a deal for the German attacking midfielder.
The report claims that Arsenal want to get Ozil off the wage bill this summer, but will have to find a club willing to take on his wages.
Ozil was in-and-out of the Arsenal side last season under Unai Emery and was often dropped to the bench – despite also captaining the club on several occasions.
With Fenerbahce ruling themselves out of a deal for financial reasons, who could realistically afford Ozil?
At this point, it appears as though Arsenal’s only hope is that a club from China decides to make a move to Ozil – given the ludicrous wages they have been offering to players in recent years.
The former German international has scored 43 goals in 231 games for Arsenal, but has often been accused of going missing in “big” matches for the Gunners – which is perhaps why other top clubs in Europe have not been linked with a move for the midfielder.
If no Chinese sides are willing to take Ozil off Arsenal’s hands, the club could be forced to keep paying his wages and have him in the squad again next season, which would not be ideal for any of the parties involved.