By Will Butcher
Besiktas are looking to sign two Arsenal fringe players to bolster their defence of the Turkish title, according to reports.
Mathieu Debuchy and David Ospina are on manager Şenol Güneş’ wishlist, with Champions League experience high on the agenda.
But the Daily Mirror claim that signing the Colombian goalkeeper is going to prove harder then first anticipated, with the Turkish club disappointed at the £3million asking price.
President Fikret Orman stated his desire to bring Ospina to Turkey, but conceded that the asking price may prove too much.
He said: “Arsenal want a lot for him so we may have to look for alternatives. I do want Ospina and we are going to get a foreign keeper.”
It remains to be seen if the 27-year-old wants to join Güneş’ side, but after making only 12 appearances in all competitions including only four Premier league starts, he could make a move to Turkey.
According to the Daily Express, Besiktas look more likely to sign right-back Debuchy. The Frenchman spent the second-half of the season on-loan at Bordeaux, and is looking for an escape route from the Emirates after falling down the pecking order behind Spanish full-back Hector Bellerin
The 30-year-old said: “”A future at Arsenal? It’s difficult because there’s a young guy who’s 20 in my position who is playing good matches.”
With the offer of Champions League football, Debuchy will be very keen to join the Turkish giants, but he may have to wait for Arsenal to bring in cover before selling him on.
In other Arsenal news, this England international has decided to turn down a move to the Emirates.