Valencia Prepare £20m Bid For Oguzhan Ozyakup
The Takvim newspaper reports that La Liga side, Valencia, are preparing to lure Oguzhan Ozyakup to Spain.
According to the Turkish Newspaper, Valencia have already made an enquiry for the 23-year-old, and are preparing a £20 million bid to try and convince Besiktas to let go of their prized midfielder.
The Spanish club have already signed Luis Nani from the Turkish league, whilst keeping an eye out on Oguzhan.
According to reports from the Daily Star, Valencia will have to battle against Manchester United and Arsenal for Ozyakup’s signature. Valencia will be hoping that their £20 million bid will be enough to secure the midfielder’s signature.
West Ham are another Premier League club that are looking to sign the Turkish maestro. Slaven Bilic, West Ham’s manager, coached Oguzhan for almost two years while the pair were together at Besiktas.
Oguzhan became one of the most sought after players in the Turkish league while under the management of Bilic.
The youngster began his career in the Arsenal Youth Academy, and was even picked as a substitute in Arsenal’s historic 8-2 loss to Manchester United in 2011.
Ozyakup is currently a Turkish national player, but he began in the Dutch system, and represented the Dutch national side at U17 and U19 level. He switched to the Turkish national team in 2012. Ironically, his first ever international goal came against the Netherlands during a Euro 2016 qualifier match.
He is a fantastic player, and even received praise from the former Turkish national player, Ridvan Dilmen. He called Oguzhan a “magician” and even compared him to the likes of Zinedine Zidane.
Dilmen said: “Someone who saw Oguzhan yesterday for the first time might say: ‘What kind of a player is that? Did he come from outer space?’ They might say: ‘He dribbles like Zidane.’ He is an intelligent player.”
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