Fenerbahce are considering offering Mesut Ozil an escape route out of Arsenal this summer, and manager Arsene Wenger is prepared to listen to offers for the German international.
Ozil has yet to respond to a new contract offer from Arsenal. Wenger's patience is running out with both the 28-year-old and Alexis Sanchez over their futures.
Just last month, Ozil, who was born to Turkish parents, travelled to Istanbul and was pictured out with former Miss Turkey Amine Gulse. There have since been suggestions that the pair plan to marry and that Ozil is ready to spend £5m on a mansion in Istanbul.
Fenerbahce could try to take advantage of Ozil's apparent connection with the city by attempting to take him to Turkey full-time.
Robin van Persie is expected to leave Fenerbahce at the end of the season, which will free up big money for wages, and Ozil is one of the players being considered to replace him as the club's marquee player. Ozil cost Arsenal a club-record £42.5m from Real Madrid in 2013 and they would want to recoup at least £30m this summer - even though he will have only a year remaining on his contract.
Meanwhile, Arsenal's hopes of a 21st consecutive top-four finish face a further blow with fears that Petr Cech will miss several games because of the calf injury sustained against West Brom.
Cech, who went off in the 38th minute of Saturday's 3-1 defeat when the score was 1-1, had a scan yesterday. The assessment will be complete today but the initial sense is that he will miss at least the Premier League match against Manchester City on April 2. Arsenal play West Ham three days later and Crystal Palace the following Monday.
Although Cech has not always convinced this season, his replacement David Ospina was at fault for the crucial second goal and conceded 10 goals in his two Champions League matches against Bayern Munich. (© Daily Telegraph, London)
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