Besiktas will become the Arsenal FC of Turkey

Beşiktaş will become the Arsenal FC of Turkey [divider]

Beşiktaş press officer Metin Albayrak believes the Black Eagles are on course towards becoming a club renown for making astute transfers and developing quality players.

Albayrak used Arsenal as an example of a club with a similar philosophy and admitted that he admired the work done by Ajax and Porto.

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“Every market has a reality, most clubs in Turkey do not pay players actual value, for example Ozan Tufan is valued at €10 million but that is not realistic,” Albayrak told Radoyspor.

“We want to become the Arsenal, the Porto, the Ajax of Turkey, they know how to get good value for players.”

Beşiktaş have focused on signing young players and promoting academy players over recent years.

Black Eagles administrative director Semih Usta recently told UEFA, “We made our short-to-long-term plans and will do our best to transform Beşiktaş into a club that pays particular attention to youth infrastructure, facilities and scouting.”

The Eagles have a network of 65 football academies in every region of the country as well as Germany, England, Holland and as far afield as Nigeria.

Beşiktaş also recently signed former Chelsea academy player Gökhan Töre, former Arsenal player Oğuzhan Özyakup and former Fulham youth Kerim Frei Koyunlu.

The Black Eagles are currently in third place on 35 points but will move back into second position if they beat Gençlerbirliği on Monday.