Arsenal are considering making a bid for former youth player Oguzhan Ozyakup, according to reports.
The Turkish international was an Arsenal player as a teenager but left for more first-team football at Besiktas in 2013, costing £400k at the time. He’s impressed so much in Turkey that he could be on his way back to Arsenal for £9.5m more than he was valued at four years ago.
According to talkSPORT, reports from Turkey are linking Arsenal to a £10m bid for the midfielder who happens to be out of contract in the summer. While they talk up Ozyakup as a potential replacement for Mesut Ozil, Arsenal are loaded with midfielders at the moment.
Arsenal’s squad was so big in the summer that Wenger deemed it unmanageable. Amongst the club’s central midfield options at the moment are Aaron Ramsey, Granit Xhaka, Francis Coquelin, Mohamed Elneny, and Jack Wilshere.
In the unlikely event that Santi Cazorla returns in January, that would be six players for just two positions. In attack, Arsenal has Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Alex Iwobi, Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott. That’s five players for two spots in the team.
Hence, a signing in January would be difficult to fit in without letting a few players go first.