Fenerbahce Midfielder, Mesut Ozil is still receiving ninety percent of the £350,000-per-week wage he was earning at his former side, Arsenal.
The former German international agreed to mutually terminate his Arsenal contract in January after being frozen out of first-team affairs by manager Mikel Arteta.
Ozil’s deal was due to expire in the summer but he opted to cut short his time at the Emirates Stadium to complete a move to boyhood club Fenerbahce on reduced terms.
According to reports, Arsenal remains committed to paying that amount until the end of June, the original date Ozil’s contract was meant to expire.
The 32 years old’s fortunes in Turkey have not fared much better than the end of his Gunners career as he has managed only seven appearances for Fenerbahce since leaving Arsenal due to a knee injury.
During those appearances he has failed to register a single goal or assist and is now recovering from a knee injury sustained last month, while earning around £46,000 from his Fenerbahce contract.
Things at Arsenal have hardly been much better in Ozil’s absence mind, though Arteta has managed to fill the creative void with loan star Martin Odegaard and youngster Emile Smith Rowe.
Both players have shared the duties in the No.10 role, with Smith Rowe now in line for a new contract.
Arsenal are said to have opened talks with the 20-year-old in a bid to tie him down to the club for a long term, with Odegaard not expected to extend his loan stay beyond the end of the season.