Arsenal are reportedly interested in ex-player Oguzhan Ozyakup, with the Besiktas president and player suggesting a return to North London is possible.
According to Turkish Football, Besiktas president Fikret Orman issued a statement that he would only allow his star player to leave for a top European club, given rumours of interest from Leicester City.
“We will sell players if we receive the right offers. We have not received the right offer yet for Oguzhan and as I have said before he will only join a club of the highest level club. I would not for example sell him to Leicester City. I want him to play at the highest level,” said Orman.
Oguzhan Ozyakup was part of Arsenal’s youth setup, in a generation that included Jack Wilshere, but left the club in 2012 to join Besiktas. The 24-year-old is in the last 12 months of his contract and there has been plenty of speculation regarding his future. The player publicly admitted he’s ready for the big stage.
“I have achieved all my goals at Besiktas, I want a challenge in Europe, that is my next step as I have always said. We won the title, we will wear the third star, right now my plan is to celebrate this history success.I am happy at the club but I also have plans to play in Europe. I will have a long think over my holidays.”
Oguzan made 39 appearances for Besiktas this season and was a standout performer in their title-winning campaign. He contributed five goals and made nine assists.
The midfielder looks destined to leave Besiktas this summer. He’s looking to move on and the club president admitted Oguzan had his blessing.