Mesut Ozil is being faced with the prospect of backing down from his contract dispute with Arsenal.
The Germany international, Arsenal’s club’s record signing, is involved in a long-running wrangle with the Gunners over a proposed extension.
Ozil is already the club’s top-earner on £140,000-per-week; but has so far refused to sign a new deal in the region of £250,000-per-week that remains on the table.
Given Ozil’s status as one of European football’s most recognisable stars, the £42million man was expected to receive a flurry of big money offers from the continent’s elite.
However, it is understood the level of interest in the attacker is not as substantial as first anticipated.
Fenerbahce are understood to be interested, which may interest Ozil given his Turkish heritage. But Istanbul-based club would be unwilling to match Ozil’s current deal let alone match the improved deal Arsenal are offering.
Ozil does have mega-money offers from China but the former Real Madrid man does not want to move to the Far East.
All that strengthens Arsenal’s position when talks over Ozil’s future recommence at the end of the season.
The 28-year-old’s current deal expires at the end of next season and if an agreement is not reached over fresh terms then Arsenal will proceed with actively trying to sell Ozil rather than lose him for nothing at the end of next season.
Arsenal are in the same position with Alexis Sanchez, whose deal also expires in the summer of 2018.
However, Sanchez is wanted by a number of clubs including Manchester City, Chelsea, Paris Saint Germain and Juventus leaving him in a strong bargaining position when talks over a new deal take place at the end of the season.