While most people take transfer speculation with a hefty pinch of salt, Fenerbahce have felt the need to release a public statement to dismiss rumours linking them with a move for Mesut Ozil.
The Internet was awash with stories about how the German would join on loan for a year, with help for his salary coming from a mysterious sponsor/benefactor.
This despite the fact the Arsenal man has repeatedly reiterated his desire to stay at the club this season and beyond.
This morning, the Turkish side posted a missive about the rumours on their official website. It says:
In recent weeks, and especially in the last few days, the necessity of providing information about the claims of Mesut Ozil, which is on the agenda, to clarify the situation has arisen.
Mesut Ozil, with his career and stance successfully represents our country abroad, is an important value known with the identity of Fenerbahce.
However, Fenerbahce does not have an initiative for Mesut Ozil. Under the current economic conditions, such a step is not possible for both parties.
Our President, Ali Koç, made statements on the subject in the WinWin program held on June 20 and emphasised that this could not be realised in the short term.
We present it to our community and the public.
Ozil has a close friendship with Koç, but even that isn’t enough to make a deal happen given his salary at Arsenal would dwarf anything being paid by Fenerbahce at this moment in time.
Anyway, strange times we live in, eh?