Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger offloaded the Turkish midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup back in 2012 without ever giving him a proper chance to prove himself with the first team.
The 25-year-old Turkey international born in Netherlands started his career with AZ in 2005 before moving to London three years later.
Ozyakup spent four years with Arsenal as a youth prospect but Arsene Wenger opted against including him in the first team and sold him to Besiktas for mere £400,000 in 2012.
Nearly 150 Turkish league appearances later Ozyakup has established himself as one of the most important players for the Turkish giants and his impressive displays this season in the Champions League have prompted Arsene Wenger to have a change of heart, according to The Sun.
French tactician is said to be keen to present Ozyakup with a chance to return to Arsenal as a direct replacement and a natural successor to Mesut Ozil, who is expected to leave Emirates on a free transfer when his contract expires at the end of the season.
Ozyakup is an attacking midfielder who is best deployed as a deep-lying playmaker and would be a natural replacement for Ozil.
The 25-year-old Besiktas star is out of contract at the end of next season himself but his representatives are reportedly in talks with Besiktas over a proposed new deal.
The prospect of returning to the Premier League and earning a second shot at the Emirates could prove to be too good to turn down for a player of Ozyakup’s calibre whereas Besiktas chiefs are also unlikely to miss out on a chance to cash in if contract talks continue to drag on.
It’s understood that Arsenal would be forced to fork out £10 million to acquire Ozyakup’s services.