Arsene Wenger is reportedly looking to bring former Arsenal star Oguzhan Ozyakup back to the Emirates this January, with the Turkish star impressing hugely since his move to Besiktas, according to reports in Turkey (via talkSPORT).
Ozyakup spent four years at Arsenal, and looked at times like he had what it took to become a truly top player. He struggled to break into the first team however, and was consequently sold to Besiktas for just £500,000 back in 2012 (via talkSPORT).
He has thrived since his move back to Turkey though, and the 23-year-old has been attracting the attention of some top European teams.
The report suggests we would need to fork out £15m (€20m) to secure his services, a fee Wenger may be willing to match ahead of the January transfer window.
talkSPORT suggest the reason for Wenger’s interest in Ozyakup is to strengthen the defensive midfield area, with Francos Coquelin currently our only real option in that department. The Turkish international doesn’t actually play in defensive midfield however, and is usually deployed in central midfield or even further forward.
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Central and attacking midfielders arguably aren’t what we need at the moment, with the club currently well stocked with the likes of Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey, and Mesut Özil. If Wenger wants to bring Ozyakup back to the club then he may believe that he has to move quickly though, to avoid missing out and seeing him snapped up by another club.