Arsenal are interested and keeping tabs on their former youth player Oguzhan Ozyakup, according to many sources. Arsene Wenger reportedly wants to bring him at the Emirates for the second time as the midfielder has done well for Besiktas.
Oguzhan Ozyakup joined Besiktas from Arsenal in the summer of 2012 and since then has become one of mainstays at the Turkish club, and his constant good show has gained interest from his former club and Arsenal are reportedly ready to £10 million for him.
Ozyakup joined the North London side as a schoolboy and came through the club’s academy ranks, but couldn’t break through to the first team. The 25 year since then has gone on to make more than 190 appearances for Besiktas and also is a Turkish 30 times capped International.
Ozyakup joined Arsenal since his school days
Ozyakup is an attacking midfielder who has great anticipation and skills, his dribbling qualities are compared with Zinedine Zidane in Turkey and he is also named as magician in his native. He is someone who has a lot of potential and it seems that Arsene Wenger is also pleased by his attributes.
Oguzhan celebrating a goal
Turkish outlet Fotomac claim Arsenal now want to re-sign the midfielder as a replacement for Mesut Ozil. The German star is set to leave Arsenal as he has refused to sign a new contract while his recent one expires this season. With his departure almost inevitable, Wenger wants to coup Ozyakup, who the Frenchman will hope is a replacement of Mesut Ozil.
Ozyakup and Arsene Wenger in his Arsenal days
Ozyakup’s deal at Besiktas expires this season as well and it is reported that Arsenal have scouted him already in some games and are ready to table a bid either this January, or wait for a move next summer.
Arsenal are also in risk of loosing Alexis Sanchez this January, as Man City or PSG are reported to make a cut size bid for the Chilean.