£10m bid accepted: Ozyakup sealing Arsenal deal

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Arsenal are planning to make a move for their former player Oguzhan Ozyakup, according to a report Turkey.

The 25-year-old Besiktas man came through the ranks at The Emirates and played for the club’s Under-18s and Under-21s, but only ever made two sub appearances for the first team in the EFL Cup in 2011/12 before he was sold.

The now Turkey international signed for Besiktas for just £400,000 and he has gone on to establish himself as a regular starter for the Turkish side and now Arsene Wenger wants to re-sign him.

Fotomac report the Gunners are eyeing a £10million bid for  Ozyakup, who has made two assists in 13 appearances this campaign.

Ozyakup, who has been capped 30 times by Turkey, will be out of contract next summer and available on a free transfer, while he can negotiate with other clubs and even strike a pre-contract agreement in January.

Turkish-Football reported last month that Arsenal had sent scouts to watch the player in Turkey’s 3-0 World Cup qualifying defeat to Iceland, but the figure that was quoted in that report was £20million and not the £10million quoted by Fotomac.

Ozyakup, who can play in attack or as an attacking or deep-lying midfielder, has held talks with Besiktas over extending his contract by another five years.

Arsenal are understood to have a sell-on clause for Ozyakup, which would obviously be subtracted from the transfer fee if the player did return to London.

The Gunners inserted a 30% sell-on clause on the player, which Besiktas have tried to re-negotiate by offering almost £1million to waive the sell on.


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