Fenerbahce sporting director Damien Comolli says signing Mesut Özil for the club this summer is beyond imagination, and he doesn’t want to waste time on the idea.
With Özil having a relatively disappointing individual season under new Arsenal head coach Unai Emery, and reports that the club might be trying to move him on this summer, one possible destination for the 30-year-old was Fenerbahce.
Özil is a fan of the Turkish club, and his parental roots in the country mean he’d certainly feel comfortable living there. However, when Fenerbahce chief Damien Comolli was asked about the prospect of a transfer this summer, he rubbished the idea.
“The question of Mesut is beyond imagination, so I can’t waste my time on this,” Comolli told AsistAnaliz bluntly.
The problem is presumably that Fenerbahce would struggle to afford both the transfer fee and the wages for a player like Özil.
Over the last three summers, Fenerbahce have spent an average of £16.1m per window, whilst also bringing in an average of £15.6m through sales. A net spend of £0.5m a year is unlikely to give them enough cash to satisfy Arsenal. Similarly, they’re unlikely to be able to come anywhere near Özil’s £350,000-a-week wages.
Unfortunately for the Turkish fans who turned up to cheer Özil on in Baku, it seems this deal is off.