In Focus: Arsenal offer deal to former player Ozyakup

According to Aksam, Arsenal have offered a contract to their former player Oguzhan Ozyakup, who will see his Besiktas deal expire at the end of the season.

What’s the story?

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has spent heavily in the last two transfer windows, with Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang both arriving for huge fees.

It remains to be seen whether the Gunners spend big again this summer, but there is no question that the capital club are still in need of players to boost their squad.

According to Aksam, Arsenal have offered their former player Ozyakup, who is valued at £9m by transfermarkt.co.uk, the chance to return to the club.

The 25-year-old will see his current deal with Besiktas expire at the end of the season, and it is understood that the two parties are currently struggling to come to an agreement.

What is his history at Arsenal?

Ozyakup spent four years with Arsenal between 2008 and 2012, but the Turk only made two first-team appearances for the Gunners before moving on to Besiktas.

The midfielder signed schoolboy forms with Arsenal in September 2008, and was a regular in their youth set-up before appearing in two League Cup matches during the 2011-12 campaign.

Ozyakup was actually on the bench when Arsenal lost 8-2 at Manchester United in the Premier League in August 2011, but he never made a league appearance for the Gunners.

The 30-time Turkey international has developed into a key midfielder for Besiktas – making more than 200 appearances for the club in all competitions.

He scored 10 times for the Turkish giants during the 2015-16 season, whilst he has impressed during his 27 first-team appearances this term.

It seems strange that Besiktas have allowed Ozyakup to enter the final months of his contract, but that could see Arsenal profit as they look to re-sign a player that has developed into an impressive performer since he left the Gunners in 2012.

 


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