Ozil Completes Gunners Exit

Ozil and Arsenal had agreed to a mutual termination of his contract, allowing the German international to move to the Turkish club on a free transfer. The player reportedly gave up much of the £7m owed to him by the Gunners in order to make the move.

The 32-year-old leaves as one of Arsenal’s all-time leading assist makers, with only Thierry Henry and Cesc Fabregas recording more in the Premier League era.

Ozil has long-spoken of his desire to play for Fener, as he grew up supporting the side as a child. Ozil’s grandparents are from Turkey, although the player himself was born in Germany and opted to represent his birth country on the international stage.

The former Real Madrid midfielder has held close links with Turkey for some years, and President Erdogan was even Best Man at Ozil’s wedding in 2019. This led to criticism from German nationals, who blamed Ozil for the country’s poor display at the 2018 World Cup.

The move to Turkey should free up a sizeable chunk of wage budget for the Gunners, who have been quiet in the transfer window so far. Reinforcements are expected more in the summer, with the focus now on continuing their revival after a poor first half of the season.

No new injury worries for Manchester United ahead of Champions League test in Turkey

New boy Alex Telles – who used to play in Turkey for Galatasaray – cannot be selected after recently testing positive for coronavirus, while Jesse Lingard and Eric Bailly are unavailable.

Facundo Pellistri has not travelled as part of the 24-man squad, while Marcos Rojo, Sergio Romero and the injured Phil Jones will not be involved in the group stage after being omitted from the squad submitted to UEFA.

Manchester United are in pole position in Group H after victories over Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig in their last two Champions League group games, with Marcus Rashford stealing the show in both of them including a hat trick in the 5-0 demolition of Leipzig last time out.

Conor Hourihane set for shock Aston Villa exit claim reports

Turkish media claim that the Republic of Ireland international’s agent has been in talks with Super Lig sides Besiktas and Trabzonspor over a potential switch.

Hourihane is set to begin his fifth season at Villa Park, having featured 34 times under Dean Smith last season as the club scrambled to Premier League safety.

Former Chelsea player Eddie Newton is the new Trabzonspor head coach and will no doubt have been aware of the 29-year-old’s influence – perhaps even more so considering Hourihane is out of contract next summer.

Reports claim the player is open to the move, but Turkish media have been known to be unreliable in the past.