By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Bayern Munich are ready to join Fenerbahce in pursuing Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil, Football Insider sources understand.
Turkish outfit Fenerbahce have registered an interest in Ozil and could make a move ahead of next summer’s window.
Ozil’s agent, Erkut Sogut, has told Turkish newspaper Vatan that the club’s interest in the 26-year-old is concrete, and they will aim to agree a deal before the end of the season.
Sources have told Football Insider that Bayern Munich are also keen to pursue Ozil unless he agrees a new deal with the Gunners.
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The Germany international has less than three years remaining on the £130,000-a-week deal he signed when he joined Arsenal in the summer of 2013.
Bayern tried to sign Ozil before he joined Real Madrid from Werder Bremen in 2010 and have continued to monitor him while he has been in London.
Fenerbahce signed three Premier League stars during the summer, with on-loan Liverpool midfielder joining former Manchester United duo Robin van Persie and Nani.
“Fenerbahce are serious but it all depends on what answer Arsenal give. It will all become clear at the end of the season,” said Sogut.
Speaking in July, Ozil revealed his desire to play for Fenerbahce at some point during his career: “In the future I want to wear a Fenerbahce shirt. It would be an honour. Everyone knows I am a Fenerbahce fan.”
Arsene Wenger has previously stated that the club-record £40million signing is not for sale.
“Look, I never spoke to him on that front or on a football front as well,” Wenger said last month.
“But the suggestions are created always by people who – I don’t know, want to create news, but there is nothing concrete in that.
“He’s an important player for our team and he’s a player of course we count on to continue our development and our success.”