Fenerbahce’s management were set to fly to London on Tuesday to wrap up a deal for Mesut Ozil, but the player’s dispute with Arsenal has held up the transfer.
The German midfielder is widely expected to move to Turkey this month, with Fener keen on his signature and Arsenal happy for him to leave before his contract ends in the summer
However, negotiations have been underway over the finances involved in the move, with Ozil refusing to simply give up the huge amount of money remaining on his deal at the Emirates.
Reports in England have stated that he is negotiating with Arsenal to take a certain amount as a severance package, while also reducing his wages significantly to join Fenerbahce.
Fotospor cover that today and say Fener chiefs Kemal Danabaş, Selahattin Baki and Emre Belözoğlu were travelling to London on Tuesday to hold a meeting with Arsenal over Ozil.
However, the midfielder’s refusal to leave the remaining €10m on his contract has caused the transfer to be delayed.
Ozil wants the €10m that remains owed to him paid over two years but Arsenal are refusing and actually want the €10m they paid him for the first half of this season, in which he hasn’t played and been left out of their squad, paid back.
That €20m difference between the two parties is a major stumbling block and, at this moment in time, prevents Ozil from leaving London and signing up with Fenerbahce.