But He Would Have To Take A Big Pay Cut
Turkish club Istanbul Basaksehir are the latest club to be linked with a move for Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil.
Recent speculation has suggested that the former Germany international is wanted by both Real Madrid and Inter Milan. But Real won’t be making any move for the 30-year-old while Inter Milan only want him on a loan deal.
However, German newspaper Bild quotes Basaksehir president Goksel Gumusdag as saying that he is interested in bringing Ozil to the Super Lig club.
“Mesut Ozil is a precious player,” Gumusdag said. “I hope one day our paths will cross at Basaksehir. If he wants to be with us as well, we would do anything to get him.”
Any move is unlikely without Ozil taking a huge drop in wages. His wages are put at around £350,000 a week – a figure that is presumably before tax. His previous contract with Arsenal guaranteed him just over €8million a year after tax and any arrangements with the Gunners is likely to have been on a similar basis – nett and in euros.
Ozil has always said he would like to move to Turkey later in his career and he was strongly linked a few years ago with Baseksehir’s Istanbul rivals Fenerbahce.
Baseksehir already boast two former Arsenal players in their ranks in the shape of Gael Clichy and Emmanuel Adebayor.