Besiktas are close to adding Arsenal’s strength and conditioning coach Julen Masach to their technical staff, claim Turkish website Fotospor.

It’s reported Besiktas manager Abdullah Avci, who also worked with Masach with the Turkish national team, is a big admirer of the 52 year old and Fotospor claim he’s likely to join him at Besiktas.

The Turkish coach was only installed as the Besiktas manager in the summer and he’s continuing to bring in his own staff. Masach is currently working under Unai Emery at Arsenal, and, perhaps surprisingly, Fotospor report he could leave the Gunners to start a new challenge in Istanbul.

Avci confirmed last weekend they signed Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny partly because of Masach’s reports about the player. Elneny is currently on loan with the Super Lig side after seeing his chances restricted at the Emirates in the past 12 months.

Masach also had spells with Hannover, PSG and Valencia prior to his move to Arsenal.