Turkish giants want to keep hold of £20m Man Utd target

Arsenal have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Besiktas playmaker Oguzhan Ozyakup.

Besiktas want to keep hold of star midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup this summer a source close to the club revealed to Turkish-football.com.

The Black Eagles have already lost Gokhan Tore on loan to West Ham and last seasons top scorer Mario Gomez will not return over the summer.

The Istanbul giants want to keep hold of their remaining key players going into the Champions League campaign.

Besiktas are under the watch of FFP and value Ozykaup as being worth £20 million. In the event of their valuation being met the Eagles would face a tough decision however, the club held a meeting with the 23-year-old discussing the current situation and he is happy to stay at the club for another season.

The Daily Star meanwhile claim that Manchester United are preparing a £20 million move for the Turkish international midfielder and his former club Arsenal have also been linked.

Besiktas President Fikret Orman has made no secret that the club do plan to sell Ozyakup for a profit in the near future and even stated that he would like to see the 23-year-old join the Red Devils.

“When Ozyakup leaves Besiktas it will be for Manchester United, Barcelona or Real Madrid. A club of that calibre,” Orman was quoted as saying by Turkish-football.com.

Ozyakup is no stranger to English football having played for Arsenal as a youth player before joining Besiktas for £350,000 in 2012.