Transfer Talk: Fenerbahce preparing shock deal for Arsenal’s Ozil?
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Fenerbahce to land Ozil?
Mesut Ozil‘s name continues to polarise opinion among Arsenal fans, but reports in Turkey, specifically from TRT Spor and Sabah journalist Fatih Dogan, suggest the Germany international could be heading to Fenerbahce.
While many of us are likely to file this particular rumour with all those labelled “never going to happen,” Dogan claims that Fenerbahce have been linked with signing the Arsenal forward all summer and are now serious about making the move actually happen, and are even confident they can get it over the line.
Ozil’s wages are likely to be the most obvious barrier, with Fenerbahce also having been under investigation with UEFA for breaching FFP rules. Yet president Ali Koc is doing everything he can to land what would be a marquee signing for the Turkish giants.
Ozil has been linked with a move away from Arsenal following uncertainty about his form, and his role, under Unai Emery. It is also common knowledge that he has a soft spot for Fenerbahce after supporting them as a child.
Napoli and Juve enter race for Lukaku
Inter Milan face competition from Serie A rivals and giants Napoli and Juventus for the signature of Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku.
Milan boss Antonio Conte is widely believed to be close to signing the striker, but no official agreement has been struck between United and Inter as yet.
This is according to Italian radio station Radio Marte, who believe that while the Belgian has been heavily linked with a move to the Italian capital, Napoli reckon they can steal the striker from under the rivals’ noses.
They’re not the only ones. For Juve are also said to be interested, according to Calciomercato.
Should Lukaku fall through for Napoli, they do have a plan B and C, with a move for Mauro Icardo also lined up, and Valencia striker Rodrigo in their sights.
Milan target Lovren
AC Milan are interested in adding Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren to their back line, according to Calciomercato.
The Italian site is reporting that Lovren’s agent Beppe Riso was at Milan’s training ground today to discuss a possible move for his client, among others. Lovren is widely expected to leave Liverpool this summer, with the Merseysiders expected to ask for up to €20m for the experienced central defender.
Lovren has fallen down the pecking order at Anfield and is unlikely to start ahead of trio Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez this season.
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