Turkish club Besiktas is all set to hold talks with Arsenal regarding cooperation over the clubs’ respective youth academies and youth development programs.
The ‘Black Eagles’, who are one of the biggest teams of the highly physical Turkish League, have been looking to modernise and will consult Arsenal about youth infrastructure, facilities and scouting.
Beşiktaş board member Erdal Torunoğulları was recently in London to complete a partnership deal with Chelsea and is expected to discuss a similar arrangement with Arsenal in the near future.
The Turkish giants began talks with Chelsea last year in a meeting initiated by Gestifute chief Jorge Mendes and his Turkish associate Ahmet Bulut before the Champions League game against Galatasaray.
Jose Mourinho who is represented by Gestifute met with Beşiktaş director of football Önder Özen and gave his backing to towards an agreement between the clubs. The Eagles also have a former Chelsea academy player Gökhan Töre playing regular first team football.
Arsenal youth Oğuzhan Özyakup and former Fulham starlet Kerim Frei Koyunlu also play for Beşiktaş.
The Turkish giants are also interested in buying a second division Belgium club to expand their player pool and develop the clubs’ reach abroad.