Arsenal transfer news: Wenger wants £16.8m Ozyakup return

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28th Jul, 2016 | 11:25am

Report: Arsenal linked with reunion for £16.8m Turkish star

By Will Butcher

Arsenal could be looking to bolster their midfield even further this summer by bringing Besiktas star Oguzhan Ozyakup back to North London for the second time.

The Telegraph, citing Spanish publication Deporte Valenciano, have reported that Arsenal have been linked with the Turkish international, who spent four years at The Emirates, but made just two League Cup appearances before moving to the Turkish Champions in 2012.

However, manager Arsene Wenger would have to rival Valencia and enemies Manchester United to sign Ozyakup. The report claims that interested clubs would have to pay in the region £16.8million to sign the Netherlands born midfielder, which would see Besiktas make more than £16million in profit.

Ozyakup scored an impressive ten goals, as well as producing eight assists in all competitions from central midfield this season.

Besiktas’ number 15, who began his footballing career at Dutch side AZ Alkmaar before moving to Arsenal, has two years remaining on his Vodafone Arena deal.

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The Turkey international has 23 caps to his name after appearing at Euro 2016, despite being capped at Holland youth level for both the under-17 and under-19 sides.

Ozyakup was also part of the Arsenal youth side that did the Premier Academy League and FA Youth Cup double in 2008-09.

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