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Arsenal lining up £11m offer for Turkish international playmaker

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Arsenal are preparing a £11million bid for Besiktas midfielder Oguzhan Osyakup, according to Tribal Football reporter Eshlin Vedan.

The Gunners sold the Turkish international to Besiktas for €500,000 in 2012, but kept a 30% sell on clause on the player. As part of the transfer, Arsenal are reportedly prepared to waive their sell-on clause in order to clinch a deal.

The clause has caused a great deal of rancour between Ozyakup and Besiktas president Fikret Orman. The player’s contract expires in the summer and Orman was reportedly reluctant to give the 25 year old a new deal with the Gunners’s sell-on clause still included.

The Turkish midfielder is valued very highly by Beskitas and it is believed that Orman was not prepared to give him a contract without their being a good sell-on value.

Arsenal’s decision to remove the clause would therefore be seen as a good will gesture to allow the move to go ahead. Whether the player is worth £11m, with just six months left on his contract, remains debatable though.

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