Oguzhan Ozyakup has been claimed to be a Newcastle transfer target regularly over the last few months.
The Besiktas midfielder has made clear he intends to leave this summer and the 25 year old will have no shortage of takers.
A Turkish international with over 30 caps, he was part of the teams/squad that was unsuccessful in qualification for this summer’s World Cup.
At the weekend, there were media claims that Newcastle had agreed a 15m euros (£13m) deal for the player but that this was dependent on his previous club Arsenal taking a lower amount than the 30% of any future transfer fee that they were entitled to. With Besiktas wanting the Gunners to agree to only 10% of the sale price.
However, now the Besiktas club President Fikret Orman has given some very interesting clarity on what the situation exactly is.
The player’s contract is due to run out at the end of June but despite that, all previous reports had said that Oguzhan Ozyakup was committed to not leaving the Turkish club short of a transfer fee, by walking away as a free agent.
Orman has now revealed just how far the club are prepared to take their brinkmanship, in dealing with Arsenal.
Besiktas will let the midfielder’s contract run out and then Oguzhan Ozyakup will instantly sign another one, meaning Arsenal will not get a single penny/lira, instead of the £4m or so they could/should have received.
Very cheeky and underhand but pretty funny.
Besiktas will then put the player up for sale and let him move on to a club of his choice, who offers an acceptable amount of cash.
This of course all relies on Oguzhan Ozyakup keeping his word but any time from January he could have signed a pre-contract agreement to join another club as a free agent this summer.
With other clubs knowing the situation and that the midfielder will definitely leave this summer, he could be available at a lower price than previously suggested. So interesting to see if Newcastle might have an interest, once we reach July and he can be sold.
Besiktas President Fikret Orman:
“Oguzhan Ozyakup is our player, we will officially confirm this (with a new contract).
“The problem is our agreement with Arsenal, 30% of any future transfer will go to Arsenal.
“If his contract runs out and then we sign a new deal that will no longer apply.
“We have requested that Arsenal reduce their future sale percentage but they are not interested.”