Aksam claim Besiktas were looking sell Domagoj Vida to Arsenal in the last transfer window, following his heroics in this summer’s World Cup.
Vida was key in Croatia making the final of the competition and it was claimed his performances brought him to the attention of several English clubs, including Arsenal.
It’s reported Arsenal were the most serious club pursuing Vida during the summer, but a deal never materialised with Besiktas.
According to Aksam, the Gunners offered €12m to Besiktas to sign the central defender but Besiktas also wanted David Ospina in addition to what the London club had put on the table.
Subsequently Arsenal rejected this offer and started to explore other options, report Aksam. Ospina eventually joined Napoli on loan, whilst Besiktas brought in Loris Karius from Liverpool on a temporary basis.
After failing to sell Vida, Aksam say Besiktas’ transfer plans became a lot more complicated but the Istanbul club may still look to sell him in the upcoming transfer window.
The Turkish club signed the Croatia international on a free transfer last January and stand to make a decent profit if they can offload him.