All indications are that Mesut Özil is ready to depart Arsenal for Fenerbahce. A transfer to Turkey appears like his subsequent logical step, however expectations for the previous Germany midfielder can be excessive in Istanbul. Mesut Özil is a polarizing determine. Some see him as among the finest left-footed gamers on the planet, maybe the final true No. 10 able to find sure areas by which to play exact passes, however one who has additionally discovered himself watching from the stands in current months.
Others assume the stands are exactly the place he belongs and accuse him of getting a nasty perspective. Many followers reward him for his charity initiatives and the truth that he’s dedicated to making an attempt to assist the Uighurs, his fellow Muslims, in China. His critics level to his obvious shut ties to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and see the accusations that Özil leveled at Germany when he stop the nationwide group after the 2018 World Cup as having been excessive.
Özil has at all times wandered between the worlds of sports activities and politics, and infrequently have his actions been with out controversy. And so there are two factors of view on his impending transfer to 19-time Turkish champions Fenerbahce. At Arsenal, they’re going to be glad to eliminate a high-priced spectator that they’d even omitted from their 25-man Premier League squad. Özil is reportedly on €20 million ($24.three million) a 12 months at Arsenal, greater than every other participant has ever earned on the membership.
At Fenerbahce, alternatively, the prospect of bringing in Özil has captivated the followers. For days now, Fenerbahce supporters have been flooding the remark sections on social media platforms with yellow and blue hearts, giving him a heat digital welcome.
A contemporary begin
“Everybody is worked up. Özil has been a prime participant in his position for years. It might be a giant signing, in fact,” Turkish sports activities journalist Ugur Karakullukcu instructed DW. For his half, Özil has been saying all the proper issues on Twitter, proclaiming that Fenerbahce was his favourite membership when he was rising up in Gelsenkirchen.
“Each German-Turkish individual helps a Turkish group after they develop up in Germany,” he wrote. “And mine was Fenerbahce. Fenerbahce is like Actual Madrid in Spain. The most important membership within the nation.” It is a contemporary begin in Turkey for Özil, and a few say it was inevitable. In spite of everything, that mega-salary of his would not make him a straightforward promote.
Golf equipment within the Turkish Süper Lig, alternatively, have lengthy been eyeing Özil, who is ready to hitch an extended record of growing older stars who moved there after they discovered that they have been not in demand in Europe’s prime leagues. Amongst them have been Didier Drogba (Galatasaray), Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray), Mario Gomez (Besiktas), Robin van Persie (Fenerbahce) and Falcao (Galatasaray). Özil, nevertheless, is essentially the most glamorous identify – and has the added bonus of Turkish origin.
“The presidents right here in Turkey behave like poker gamers,” Karakullukcu defined. “However they go all-in yearly and promise star gamers to their followers.” Fenerbahce President Ali Koc, a Harvard graduate and one in every of Turkey’s richest businessmen, needs to finance the switch by way of his firm, Koc Holding, which is the nation‘s largest company. Media mogul Acun Ilicali, who can also be concerned, is alleged to have shut ties to each Özil and Turkish President Erdogan.
Nevertheless, the membership has been having monetary hassle not too long ago and is closely in debt. Max Kruse terminated his contract with Fenerbahce and moved to Bundesliga outfit Union Berlin previous to the beginning of the season. He claims Fenerbahce had stopped paying the majority of his wage. Be that as it might, Özil’s switch is anticipated to undergo – if not this month, then in the summertime switch window. There are additionally rumors that Özil is ready to purchase out his personal contract if this may assist velocity issues up.
However there are additionally sporting query marks: Will Özil have the ability to hit the bottom operating in an growing older squad that lacks pacey strikers? Fenerbahce final received the league in 2014, and different Süper Liga golf equipment have overtaken the membership, together with present champions Basaksehir, whose homeowners allegedly have ties to Erdogan’s AKP social gathering, in addition to previous Istanbul rivals Galatasaray.
“Fenerbahce’s squad is constructed with a win-now mentality and Özil has to ship straight from the beginning,” Karakullukcu stated. “However will he have the ability to slide seamlessly into the group? I’ve my doubts.” As Özil skilled firsthand with Arsenal, euphoria may rapidly flip to ridicule, malice and even hatred, notably in Turkish soccer.