Turkish giants Fenerbahce have been making a lot of noise about their interest in Arsenal star Mesut Ozil. A member of the club’s congress even claimed that there was a 90% chance that a move could happen in the January transfer window. (Read more)
However, the rumours have quietened down and it looks like the German will see out his contract at Arsenal. Fenerbahce will try to get him as a free agent in the summer transfer window, but for now, they have set their sights on another one of our players.
Turkish outlet Hurriyet claim today that the Yellow Canaries are in talks to sign Sokratis Papastathopoulos. The Greek defender, like Ozil, has been left out of Arsenal’s Premier League and Europa League squads by Mikel Arteta.
Sokratis was heavily linked with a move to Napoli in the summer. Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano claimed that a deal was done but the Serie A giants decided against it after Kalidou Koulibaly decided to stay put. (Read here)
That made things really difficult for Sokratis who couldn’t find another club by transfer deadline day. He had no choice but to stay at the Emirates, but it looks certain that he will leave in the January transfer window.
Fenerbahce have conceded 20 goals in 14 games this term. That is the worst record among the top 10 teams in the Turkish Super Lig table at the moment. As a result, a new defender is high on their priorities for the upcoming transfer window and Sokratis is on top of that list.
Good move for all parties involved?
The report claims that a meeting has already taken place between Sokratis’ agents and Fenerbahce. Both sides are positive about a transfer in January and it is now down to Arsenal and the Yellow Canaries to agree a deal.
The Turkish giants are reportedly looking to sign Sokratis on a free transfer. The former Dortmund man has a little over six months left on his contract, and the January window will be the last opportunity for Arsenal to get some money for him.
However, it wouldn’t be that big a loss if we let him leave for free. Sokratis earns £92,000-a-week at the moment. That is a lot of money for someone who only features for the reserve teams. Releasing him would be the best thing for all parties involved and it’s exactly what Arsenal should do next month.