Letting him leave just over four years ago to Besiktas for £425k, it appears Arsenal are rekindling their affection for Oguzhan Özyakup if recent reports are to be believed.
Earlier this month, Turkish-Football reported Arsenal scout Jürgen Kost had revealed the Gunners were keeping an eye on their former player’s development in Turkey, and they were impressed with what they saw.
And, according to Gazzetta in Greece, it appears Arsenal will be continuing to monitor him during the remainder of the campaign, having done so again on Thursday evening as the Turkish side overcame Olympiakos to qualify for the quarter-finals in a 4-1 home win.
The 24-year-old captained the side until his exit in the 60th minute, when he was replaced by Necip Uysal.
Arsenalsending scouts around Europe on a regular basis to watch players isn’t exactly news, but if Kost is to be believed, Arsene Wenger could very well make a move in the summer.
Turkish-Football quoted him as saying: “Özyakup is a player of the highest standard, we have been closely tracking his progress and when we do our next search for players in his position, he could return to Arsenal.”
Considering the player’s importance to the Turkish side, Besiktas won’t let the 24-year-old go cheaply, and targets could change in the summer if a new manager comes in to replace Wenger.
The central midfielder has made 28 appearances this season, scoring three goals and adding five assists.