European football expert Andy Brassell is ‘shocked’ by Mesut Ozil’s impending transfer to Fenerbahce.
The Arsenal playmaker landed in Turkey on Sunday night to complete his transfer to the Super Lig giants.
Ozil should be confirmed as a Fenerbahce player in the forthcoming daysGetty Images – Getty
Brassell insists the deal for Ozil, who currently earns £350,000-a-week, ’seemed utterly impossible’ a few weeks ago.
He told talkSPORT’s Trans Europe Express: “It’s something that’s a huge boost for the Turkish Super Lig.
“I don’t think you can see it any other way because people will be simply delighted to have him there.
“This transfer, even a couple of weeks ago, seemed utterly impossible on a financial level, knowing what he earned at Arsenal.
“Even if Arsenal decided to pay some of the wages, it still seemed very unlikely that Fenerbahce could afford this.
“Of course, because they’re obliged to announce such a large transaction to the Turkish stock exchange we’ll know more about the accurate numbers in the next couple of days once the deal is actually done.
Ozil has not played a single minute of football since last March having been frozen out by Arsenal boss Mikel ArtetaAFP or licensors
“I suspect as deals are often done with very big stars, a lot of it will be heavily weighted to performance and bonus bases.
“Much was the case with Galatasaray when they did quite unsustainable deals for Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder going back a few years.”
Brassell is adamant Ozil must guide Fenerbahce to the Turkish Super Lig title this season.
“I’m shocked it’s happened,” he added. “It could be exciting.
“There’s no doubt, on a sporting level, Ozil has to go and win the title with Fenerbahce this season.
“They’ve got a game in hand, they’re three points off Besiktas, who beat Galatasaray 2-0 on Sunday.
“So they could theoretically go back top, or at least joint-top on Monday night.
Ozil is a lifelong Fenerbahce fan
“Having said that, this is such a huge financial deal and Turkish football is in such a hole at the moment that it’s going to be really tough to justify this.
“It’ll be interesting to see how long it lasts, but Turkish football has been here before.”
Ozil confirmed his Fenerbahce transfer when arriving in Istanbul.
He told Turkish TV channel NTV: “I am very excited and happy.
“I am a Fenerbahce fan. As a Fenerbahce fan, god made it possible to wear that jersey. I will do my best.
“Tonight I will come to Istanbul with my family. The flight time is not clear. I’ll be there tonight.”
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