Fenerbahce president asks FANS to help fund Mesut Ozil’s £13m salary by donating to a text campaign, with Turkish giants already over £460m in debt before signing the ex-Arsenal star earlier this month
- Mesut Ozil is expected to complete a free transfer to Fenerbahce imminently
- But the Turkish club are suffering from financial troubles and are £460m in debt
- Fenerbahce chief Ali Koc has asked fans to fund Ozil’s wages via a SMS service
- Texts to the club will contribute £2 each towards the player’s £13million salary
Fenerbahce have asked fans to help fund Mesut Ozil’s £13million wage packet by donating money through a text message campaign.
Ozil was earning around £18million-a-year in wages from Arsenal and will be taking a pay cut when he completes a move to Fenerbahce, but the Turkish club’s president Ali Koc admitted his side needs financial support to complete the move.
Fenerbahce have asked fans to help raise money for the incoming Mesut Ozil’s £13million wage
Fenerbahce chairman Ali Koc (above) has asked fans to donate £2 each via an SMS service
Koc announced: ‘We have a request for our fans. Please continue to support us, we are also dependent on your financial support.
‘On the day of the signature, I will ask you to break a record. With an SMS campaign.
‘Maybe 300,000, 500,000 or maybe even a million text messages come together. This support will do us very good.’
Text messages in the ‘Mesutol campaign’ will cost just under £2 and will be sent to the number 1907, which was the year Fenerbahce was founded.
Reports this week claimed Ozil will be earning £67,300-a-week or £3.5m-a-year until 2024 which is a far cry from the £350,000-a-week he earned at Arsenal.
The club’s fans are waiting for official confirmation on one of the biggest deals in their history
President Koc is confident the Fenerbahce faithful can rise to the occasion with the Turkish giants currently dealing with £460million in debt.
The club signed eight first-team players at the start of the season and is the only side out of Turkey’s ‘Big Four’ who have tried to settle their debts without a debt-restructuring programme.
But Fenerbahce fans have shown that Ozil’s prospective move to their club is set to be one of the biggest in their history.
Within half an hour of the German midfielder announcing his move to Fenerbache on Twitter, the post was retweeted over 105,000 times and received 300,000 likes and 26,000 additional quote retweets.
Ozil’s move caused an uproar on social media and 300,000 tracked his private jet to Turkey
Over 300,000 Fenerbahce fans tracked Ozil’s private jet from London to Istanbul when the German was making his way from Arsenal to Turkey.
Fenerbache president Koc also revealed the club is hoping to receive a large amount of money through Ozil’s shirt sales.
The German hinted that he could wear the number 67 shirt at his new club, though the number 11 jersey has just become available.
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