Arsenal, Inter Milan and Lazio have all missed out on the signing of Besiktas midfielder Tolgay Arslan, according to the Corriere Dello Sport.
The national Italian newspaper reports the 27 year old had been courted by Inter and the Gunners in recent weeks with the player’s contract expiring next summer, but Besiktas have managed to secure a new deal for the player, keeping him at the club until 2022.
Arslan was born in Germany and started out his career with Hamburg before making the move to Turkey in 2015. He has played both for Germany’s Under 21 side and Turkey’s Under 21 team in the past but has not been capped at senior level by either country.
The German is a defensive midfield player who likes to dribble and is a strong passer of the ball. He was likely only a potential alternative if manager Arsene Wenger had chosen to sell either Mohamed Elneny or Francis Coquelin this summer, with both players having been linked with moves away from the Emirates.