After being named in Turkey’s provisional squad for Euro 2020 this summer, Ridvan Yilmaz has told the media he wants to join Arsenal.
Besiktas left-back Ridvan Yilmaz was recently called up to the provisional 30-man Euro 2020 squad by his national team, Turkey. Given how strong the team is at the moment, that’s no mean feat.
Speaking on a live TRT Spor broadcast (via Fanatik), Yilmaz spoke about the call-up, before confirming he’s hoping to make money for his club with a transfer to the Premier League and Arsenal.
“I learned on the live broadcast that I was selected for the National Team,” Yilmaz said. “It was a dream for me to be selected for the National Team and it has come true.
“I want to leave Beşiktaş by making money. My heart is in favour of England. I want to play for Arsenal, the Premier League team.”
Unlike most rumours concerning random players revealing they want to play for Arsenal, this may well be one the club should genuinely consider.
19-year-old Yilmaz has made 20 appearances for Super Lig winners Besiktas this season, and he’s clearly drawn the attention of his national team with his performances. He captained the Turkey u21s over the last international break.
Most importantly, he’s a left-back. One of Arsenal’s primary priorities for the summer is signing a backup left-back for Kieran Tierney. Yilmaz would bring the secondary bonus of being young enough not to fill a non-homegrown spot for a couple of seasons.
The defender has a contract with Besiktas until 2023, so they may consider cashing in while they have the chance. Of course, none of this means Arsenal will necessarily think Yilmaz is the right signing for them. But you never know.