Besiktas midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup could be set for a return to Arsenal, six years after leaving the north London club without ever making a single first-team appearance in the Premier League.
Former Arsenal academy graduate who won successive Premier Academy League titles in 2008/09 and 2009/10 and lifted the FA Youth Cup of 2008/09 moved to Turkey in 2012 and went on to establish himself as a valuable first-team member with Besiktas.
As a full Turkey international and one of the key players for his side, Ozyakup is heading into the final six months of his deal with Besiktas and is free to open talks with interested parties ahead of the summer move.
Reports from a Turkish media outlet Aksam states that Arsenal have tabled a contract offer for their former player in a bid to present him with a second chance to make it in London.
Arsene Wenger invested quite a lot – £112 to be precise – on Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during the past two transfer windows, while also bringing Henrikh Mkhitaryan as part of the Alexis Sanchez swap deal with Manchester United to boost Arsenal’s chances in the league.
The French tactician is keen to add more talent to his squad and is reportedly looking towards a former player who would be arriving on a free transfer at the end of the season.
Wenger’s frugal approach to transfers made him one of the shrewdest managers in the game and it comes as a little surprise to see him make a move towards Ozyakup over a possible summer switch back to London.
Arsenal boss is said to have held personal conversations with the player to present a considerable contract offer which reportedly turned Ozyakup’s head towards England and affected his Besiktas form over the past few weeks.
Reports have it that Ozyakup is seriously considering reuniting with Arsene Wenger in the Premier League.