€12m Arsenal Move For World Cup Star Collapsed After Ospina Demands

Arsenal came close to signing Besiktas defender Domagoj Vida over the summer transfer window according to the Aksam newspaper.

Per the source, the Gunners offered €12m for Vida but talks collapsed after Besiktas demanded goalkeeper David Ospina be aded to the deal.

The North London based outfit rejected the Black Eagles request resulting in the transfer hitting the rocks.

Ospina went onto join Serie A outfit Napoli on a season-long loan.

Vida meanwhile ended up staying on at Besiktas where he remains a first choice centre-back.

The Super Lig outfit did want to sell Vida in order to reinvest in the squad and increase the transfer budget.

As a result of the Croatia international move to Arsenal collapsing Besiktas failed to strengthen in key areas due to financial constraints.

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Vida has made 15 appearances in all competitions for the Istanbul giants this season.

The 29-year-old defender’s stock rocketed after playing an important role in Croatia reaching the World Cup final in Russia this summer.

The Black-Whites could struggle to attract an offer matching what Arsenal proposed this January.

Vida is expected to stay at Besiktas beyond the winter transfer window.