Besiktas send scouts to monitor Palmeiras midfielder Marcos Arouca

Besiktas have sent scouts to Brazil to monitor the Palmeiras midfielder Marcos Arouca.

The Istanbul based club are on the hunt for a new central midfielder after failing to agree terms with Atiba Hutchinson.

Atiba’s contract with Besiktas expires at the end of the season and the 32-year-old is expected to sign for Toronto FC in July.

Arouca has three years remaining on his contract but can leave for a cut price if a European side wants to sign him due to a clause in his contract.

The 28-year-old made 32 appearances for Palmeiras during the 2013-14 season.

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