Arsenal are refusing to lower their sell-on clause for Oguzhan Ozyakup as Besiktas blame the Gunners for their problem agreeing a new deal with the midfielder.
Ozyakup is out of contract this summer and this saga has been a lengthy one.
Besiktas do not want to lose their captain but, similarly, should they sell him, they do not want to pay Arsenal what they agreed when the two clubs completed Ozyakup’s transfer in 2012.
“The problem is with Arsenal, if we extend his contract we will still have to pay Arsenal 30 percent of any future deal,” Besiktas president Fikret Orman, said.
“We have urged Arsenal to lower this percentage but they refused.
“If they had agreed to a more reasonable deal we would have renewed terms already.
“As things stand we will sign Ozyakup once he becomes a free agent, we will be technically signing a new player.”
By letting Ozyakup’s contract expire, the Turkish club can then sign him without having to worry about paying Arsenal anything in the future.
Ozyakup spent four years with Arsenal before leaving for Turkey and the chance of first team football. He has excelled in the country and has even been linked with a return to Arsenal as a free agent this summer.
Besiktas know, however, that they are taking a risk in letting Ozzie’s contract expire. Newcastle have been monitoring the situation closely and while Besiktas look to do all they can to get out of paying Arsenal the agreed sell-on percentage, any other club can swoop in for the player on a free.
Ozyakup is believed to want a return to the Premier League and it is even being rumoured in Turkey that Besiktas will let Ozakup’s contract expire, sign him to a new deal to cut out Arsenal before selling him to the Magpies for £12.1m.
But sure, the problem is with Arsenal…