Arsene Wenger’s side are reportedly looking to secure the signature of Oguzhan Ozyakup from Besiktas, according to the Daily Star. However, they will have to fight off interest from Manchester United.
Besiktas have already valued the 23-year-old starlet at £16.8 million, but should Manchester United and Arsenal lock horns in a bidding war, his price could dramatically rise.
Oguzhan began his career with Arsenal, making his first-team debut in the 2011/12 season. The youngster was also part of the Arsenal side that were thumped 8-2 by Manchester United in 2011.
He played a crucial role in Arsenal’s U18 Premier League winning squad during the 2007/08 season, but Wenger let the young starlet leave for a mere £350,000 in 2012.
News reports claim the Oguzhan is still in touch with his former Arsenal teammates, and would favor a move to the Emirates instead of Old Trafford, but money could still influence the Young Turk.
Arsenal have already bolstered their midfield options this season. The Gunners signed Granit Xhaha from Borussia Monchengladbach for £30 million, though the Arsenal fans have been yearning for Wenger to sign a big-name striker.
The 23-year-old Turkish maestro is becoming a key member of the Besiktas side, having made 142 appearances in only four seasons at the club.
Manchester United will be looking towards Ozyakup should their current negotiations with Paul Pogba fail. The Red Devils have been trying to secure Pogba’s signature for over a month, but the end of the saga is now in sight. Many news outlets around the world have reported that United have sealed the deal for the Frenchman.
Along with Manchester United and Arsenal, La Liga side Valencia are also interested in the young Turkish International. Valencia are looking toward Oguzhan as a potential replacement for Andre Gomes, who has completed his transfer to Barcelona.