Date: 22nd March 2017 at 1:30am
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The Daily Mirror’s John Cross claims Turkish giants Fenerbahce are planning to launch a bid for Mesut Ozil this summer.

The 28-year-old’s contract is set to expire at the end of next season and after reportedly rejecting an offer of £280,000-a-week to stay, the German playmaker looks set to depart the this summer.

have identified Ozil as a replacement for Robin van Persie, who is set to leave the Istanbul club at the end of the season, freeing up a large chunk of their wage budget to use on the midfielder.

forked out £42.5million to sign Ozil from Real Madrid, but has struggled to appease the majority of the faithful, with many calling him lazy and disinterested at the club.

run the risk of losing him on a free next summer should they decide to keep him without signing a contract extension. Should they put him up for sale this summer, they are likely to recoup some cash they spent three years ago.

Ozil did declare in the past that he would one day like to ‘wear the shirt’ of Fenerbahce, putting the Turkish giants in a very good position to land him in the near future. However, it’s also been suggested that he would like a return to Real Madrid, while are also thought to be keeping tabs on his situation at Arsenal.

It will be interesting to see whether Ozil remains at the club beyond the summer. Only time will tell if he does.