Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil reportedly held secret talks with Besiktas regarding a summer move and is said to have told the club he will consider joining for the right price. Elsewhere, the Gunners have received a boost in their pursuit of Lyon’s Corentin Tolisso.
According to Turkish newspaper Hurriyet , Ozil met with Besiktas official Umut Guner, who was told a £350,000-per-week contract would be enough to tempt their target away from north London:
Ozil is engaged in a contract war with his current employers and has a deal that is set to expire in 2018, with no sign of an extension with the Gunners in view so far.
Arsenal appear reluctant to break their wage structure by paying Ozil and fellow contract rebel Alexis Sanchez the figures they are seeking, although goalkeeper Petr Cech was reported to have implored the club to do what is needed to keep their stars.
“Alexis has been brilliant, scoring a lot of goals. (He and Mesut) are both exceptional players and obviously you always want to keep your exceptional players. That’s the main thing is we need to keep the team together and try to strengthen it in the areas where the manager would like to, and then we will be ready to go again.” Said Cech
The north London club missed out on UEFA Champions League qualification for the first time in 20 years by failing to finish in the Premier League’s top four.
Meanwhile, Arsenal can still add to their silverware collection by beating Chelsea to the FA Cup on Saturday, but Besiktas already appear to be moving in on Ozil, who has family connections in Turkey and has long been linked with the Super Lig.