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According to reports in Turkey, Besiktas have made a €1 million offer to Arsenal to remove a buyout clause stipulated in midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup’s contract.
The Gunners negotiated a 30% stake in any future transfer for the Dutch-born midfielder when they sold him for €500,000 in 2012.
Ozyakup spent four years at Arsenal but never really made the grade despite being part of the 2009 FA Youth Cup winning squad and appearing regularly in pre-season friendlies.
He’s since had a very decent career in Istanbul and is now Besiktas captain and a regular in the Turkey national set-up having garnered Champions League experience. At 24-years-old and with a new 5-year-contract apparently agreed at the Vodafone Arena he still has his best years ahead of him.
So, will Arsenal accept the deal? On one level it could be €1 million in our pockets, on another, given the crazy prices in the transfer market, we could miss out on a bigger windfall if Besiktas decide to cash in on their star man. According to Sport Witness, West Ham boss Slaven Bilic, who not long ago managed Ozyakup, has been sniffing around.
It looks as though we’ve invited Besiktas officials to London to discuss the matter. If there’s an update it’s likely to come from the Turkish side, we’re notoriously passive when it comes to negotiating anything on the contract front. We’ll keep you updated.