Mesut Ozil 'has taken a £282k-a-week pay cut' to join Fenerbahce

Mesut Ozil ‘has taken a massive £282k-a-week pay cut’ to seal Arsenal exit and sign for Fenerbahce as Turkish club prepares unveiling at their stadium… but he could earn £445k bonus if they win the league

  • Mesut Ozil will reportedly earn £3.5m a year or £67,300 a week at Fenerbahce
  • That represents a significant decrease on his £350,000-a-week Arsenal deal
  • The 32-year-old is due to complete his move to the Turkish club this week
  • He will receive a bonus if Fenerbahce win the title or make Champions League 
  • Fenerbahce are preparing an unveiling ceremony for Ozil at their stadium  

Mesut Ozil ‘has taken an enormous £282,000-a-week pay cut’ in order to sign for Fenerbahce after his move from Arsenal finally went through.

The attacking midfielder, 32, arrived in Istanbul earlier this week and is set to sign a three-and-a-half-year contract.

According to Spanish newspaper AS, Ozil’s Fenerbahce deal is worth £3.5million a year or £67,300 a week – a substantial decrease on the £350,000 a week he was earning at Arsenal.

Mesut Ozil poses with a Fenerbahce scarf after touching down in Istanbul on Sunday night

Ozil has taken a substantial pay reduction on his Arsenal deal to seal his move to Fenerbahce

Ozil earlier shared a snap of him and his family on a plane with Fenerbahce flags behind him

The playmaker is greeted by airport staff as he arrives to complete his Fenerbahce move

However, Ozil could reportedly top up his salary with various performance-related bonuses.

If Fenerbahce, who are currently second in the Turkish Super Lig, go on and win the title, their first since 2014, he is in line to earn £445,000.

If they qualify for next season’s Champions League, which would require a top-two finish, Ozil will reportedly receive £222,000.

It comes as Fenerbahce prepare to unveil their new signing later this week in a presentation that will be closed to supporters because of the Covid-19 pandemic and open only to guests.

Ozil touches down in Istanbul on Sunday evening to finalise his move to Fenerbahce

The Arsenal man posed alongside his family while wearing a Fenerbahce scarf after arriving

Ozil is pictured with his wife Amine Gulse and their daughter Eda after arriviing in Istanbul

Ozil will be taken to the club’s stadium in a private helicopter owned by club president Ali Koc, with the ceremony broadcast live on Fenerbahce TV and the club’s social networks.

He will receive a special shirt created for the presentation, AS report, and the club will screen a video featuring good luck messages from several former team-mates at Real Madrid and Arsenal.

Ozil’s £350,000-a-week Gunners contract was terminated at the weekend, bringing to an end seven-and-a-half topsy-turvy years at the Emirates Stadium.

He arrived in Istanbul on Sunday night on Koc’s private plane and told television channels he was ‘very excited’ to complete a move to the club he supported growing up.

Ozil has finally ended his Arsenal nightmare and will be looking to start afresh in Istanbul

The 2014 German World Cup winner will become the star attraction to the Turkish top division

‘I am a Fenerbahce fan. That is why I am very happy to be coming to Turkey with Fenerbahce,’ Ozil said. ‘I’m very excited. God gave me the chance to wear this jersey as a Fenerbahce fan. God willing, I will carry it with honour and do everything I can for the team,’ he added.

‘Of course, I’m missing a few matches. I haven’t played in a match in a while, but I am physically fit, I have no issues,’ he said, adding he had been training with the first team at Arsenal during his time off the pitch.

Ozil arrived in Istanbul late on Sunday evening, with Fenerbahce tweeting some pictures of their impending signing, alongside the message: ‘Our club is bringing Mesut Ozil to Istanbul to continue the transfer processes.’

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