Beşiktaş made an enquiry for Arsenal playmaker Mesut Özil according to former board member Erol Kaynar.
Kaynar claimed that Beşiktaş transfer committee chief Erdan Torunogullari met with Özil’s representatives in London.
Speaking to Radyospor Kaynar said: “Erdal [Torunogullari] met with Mesut Ozil’s representatives last week and made an enquiry.”
Özil praised the Black Eagles for their Europa League run last season – Beşiktaş knocked Liverpool out of the competition and reached the quarter-finals – but a transfer to the Istanbul giants is highly unlikely.
The 26-year-old joined Arsenal on a record £42.5 million transfer fee and still has three-years left on his contract. The playmaker has established himself as a key player in the current Gunners side and is reported to be happy at the club.
“Besiktas have been performing extremely well this season,” Özil told the Turkish newspaper Fanatik.
The World Cup winner is of Turkish origin and has revealed that he would like to play in Turkey one day.
The 26-year-old is however, likely to opt for a move to Fenerbahçe were he to join a Süper Lig outfit considering it was the team he supported growing up.
“In the future I want to wear a Fenerbahçe shirt it would be an honour,” Özil was quoted as saying in the Sabah newspaper.
“Everyone knows I am a Fenerbahçe fan.”
Özil was born in Germany but his family originate from the Zonguldak region in north-western Turkey. The Arsenal star even has a street named after him in his families hometown of Devrek.