Turkish Giants Open Talks with Arsenal Over Former Gunner star Ozyakup

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Besiktas are keen to open talks with Arsenal over Oguzhan Ozyakup, according to reports.

Ozyakup was linked with a return to Arsenal throughout last year but a move didn’t materialize as Wenger preferred to sign Mohamed Elneny in January and then Granit Xhaka in the summer.

However, the midfielder is set to be the topic of discussion between Arsenal and Besiktas, but over the 30% sell-on clause in his contract and not a move to the Emirates.

Ozyakup was a member of Arsenal’s academy until four years ago when he joined Besiktas for £456,000.

When selling the midfielder to the Turkish giants, Arsenal inserted a clause that would see us entitled to 30% of his future transfer fee in his deal, which has proven to be a great business considering how well he has developed since leaving the Emirates.

However, Besiktas want to offer Ozyakup a new five year deal and are looking to get rid of the sell-on clause that was inserted in the deal.

According to Fanatik via the Daily Cannon, Besiktas want to either reduce or get rid of the clause completely.

The Turkish giants now value the midfielder at £18m and should they sell him for that fee, Arsenal are entitled to £5.5m.

But Besiktas are only prepared to pay £913,000 to get rid of the clause. Arsenal are yet to agree to the proposal and one wouldn’t blame them especially when they stand a chance of earning more if the player is sold now.

Ozyakup has established himself as a key player at Besiktas, making a total of 184 appearances for them since leaving Arsenal.

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