Fenerbahce have made progress in their pursuit of Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil, says the club’s presidentAli Koc.
However, MLS side D.C. United have also been touted as a possible destination for the 32-year-old, whose contract at Arsenal expires at the end of the season.
Ozil is keeping his options open as he admitted on Monday that he wants to join either Fenerbahce or play in the United Statesbefore he retires, adding of the Super Lig side:“I grew up as a Fenerbahce fan as a kid in Germany.”
Koc says his side are still working on striking a deal with the former Real Madrid and Schalke star, but insists it is far from wrapped up.
“It is still a dream,” he told reporters after his side’s 3-0 win againstErzurumspor in the Super Lig on Monday.
“We can confirm that we have made some progress in this matter. But nothing is perfect yet.
“It is important that Mesut discuss things with his current club.”
He added: “Not a single person from Fenerbahce made a statement. There are issues between Mesut and Arsenal.
“It is a subject that we are closer to than before. Nothing is finished. It may or may not go through. The news reports that an agreement has been made weakens our hand.”
Ozil has not played for Arsenal this season, having been left out of the squadfor the Premier League and Europa League.
While the attacking midfielder has not yet decided where he will end up, he has ruled out the prospect of joining Arsenal’s north London rivals Tottenham, insisting he would rather retire than become part of Jose Mourinho’s squad.
Spurs boss Mourinho dismissed Ozil’s jibe when asked for his reaction on Tuesday, responding: “Who told him that Tottenham would be interested in signing him?”
Source : goal.com