Besiktas reportedly scouted Danny Welbeck in Arsenal’s recent matches, and the 27-year-old striker is believed to be their main target to replace Cenk Tosun.
Tosun left Bestikas for Everton last week, and Turkish outlet Aspor write that club president Fikret Orman is trying to bring Welbeck in as a replacement. According to the report, club officials attended the Gunners’ Premier League match against Chelsea last week.
The English striker only played 10 minutes, so it probably wasn’t the best match to attend. But they reportedly still decided to make contact with Arsenal over a possible transfer nevertheless. At this stage that’s as far as negotiations have gone.
Welbeck has some history against Turkish opposition. He scored three goals against Galatasaray back in 2014, the second-most he’s ever scored against a team. If he could move to Turkey and keep that form going, it’d help Besiktas replace Tosun’s 14 goals this season.
Aspor claim the Super Lig club will try and lure the former Manchester United man with the promise of Champions League football. They could probably also offer him more regular game time, ahead of the World Cup in the summer.
Now that Arsenal are out of the FA Cup, Welbeck might struggle to play a bit more. I’m still not sure the Englishman would want to uproot his life to move to Turkey mid-season. I guess we’ll find out soon.