Besiktas have yet to confirm that midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup has signed a new five year contact to stay at the Turkish champions, according to goalbien.com, because they are still trying to remove Arsenal’s sell-on fee for the player.
The ex Arsenal academy player’s current deal expires in 2018, but his performances at the heart of the Super Lig club’s midfield have been integral to the club winning the Turkish league title for the last two seasons.
Ozyakup signed for Besiktas from Arsenal for just €500,000 in 2012, but as part of the deal, the Gunners included a 30% sell-on fee for a future transfer.
Last month, officials from the Turkish club reportedly travelled to London to negotiate the removal of the clause from the player’s contract. They are said to have offered €1m to Arsenal but the Gunners are believed to have rejected the proposal as, with Ozyakup valued at €20m, they might have lost out on €5m if the player was sold.
Besiktas believe that if they sell their player next season, rather than this year, they can remove the sell-on clause because they can renew his contract for five more years next summer, after his current deal expires.