There’s an exclusive in Fotospor that Turkish side Besiktas have accepted a €15M bid (£13.2M) from Newcastle United for their central midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup.
The 25-year-old has been capped 30 times for Turkey and Newcastle have been after him all this year.
He was reported to be out of contract at the end of June, but if Newcastle have to pay a fee for him then he must have signed a new contract to ensure Besiktas get some money for him.
He was previously at Arsenal, and when he was sold to Besiktas six years ago, there was a sell-on clause of 30% in the contract; that was on any profit Besiktas get when he is transferred.
25-year-old Turkish central midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup
Since he was sold by Arsenal for only £500K, that’s a profit of about £12.7M on the deal, and therefore Arsenal are due £3.8M.
It’s not surprising the Turkish club are trying to get Arsenal to reduce the 30% sell on clause, which is a large percentage.
The news is Besiktas want it reduced to 10%, and that would mean Arsenal get £1.27M.
The news from Turkey is not always accurate, but in this case, if it is true it could mean that Rafa has got one of his top targets for this summer – great news!
And it’s at a reasonable price – even though a free transfer obviously would have been better.
Ozyakup was born in Zaandam, Netherlands, to Turkish parents who emigrated to the Netherlands from Trabzon in northeast Turkey.
Here’s some information on the type of player Oguzhan Ozyakup is:
“Ozyakup is an energetic attacking-minded central midfielder and able to play simple and quickly.”
“Ozyakup can lead the team play – he is skillful at finishing and possesses a high level of anticipation.”
“That allows him to be at the right place (at the right time) on the pitch.”
That’s from former Besiktas and Turkish international forward Feyyaz Ucar – who is now 54 and manager of Turkish club Van BB.
Ozyakup would be an excellent signing for us and would add significant competition to out midfield.
What do you think?