Besiktas officials have been invited to London by Arsenal to discuss the possibility of the Gunners buying out a sell-on clause in Oguzhan Ozyakup’s contract (via Sport Witness).
Oguzhan Ozyakup is one of many former-Arsenal players currently plying their trade in Europe. The list is long and most are at a low level but the Turkish international is performing well.
Ozyakup has captained his side Besiktas to two consecutive Turkish league titles and has been linked with a move to some big clubs – Arsenal included.
The Gunners, however, inserted a 30% sell-on clause when they sold Ozyakup to the Turkish champions for £500,000 back in 2012.
Now, Besiktas are eager to remove the clause and have offered Arsenal a sum of €1 million to do just that.
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It’s a deal which doesn’t exactly work out for the Gunners who would stand to receive far more than that if the player does leave for the estimated €10-20 million which has been quoted in the press.
It’s a strange story and while it makes financial sense for Besiktas to want to buy the clause out, the same can’t be said for Arsenal. Why would the Gunners risk losing several million pounds for the sake of a few weeks or years? Sell-on clauses are there for a reason and the club should look to honour it if they are indeed only being offered €1 million.