Arsenal Transfer News: Gunners Reportedly Ready to Bring Oguzhan Ozyakup Back

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistDecember 5, 2017

(L-R) Nigel de Jong of Galatasaray, Oguzhan Ozyakup of Besiktas JKduring the Turkish Spor Toto Super Lig football match between Galatasaray SK and Besiktas JK on February 27, 2017 at the Türk Telekom Arena in Istanbul, Turkey.(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)
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Arsenal are ready to bring Oguzhan Ozyakup back to the club and waive the sell-on clause in the midfielder's contract with Besiktas to make a deal happen, per Turkish source Aksam (h/t TalkSport).

TalkSport's report detailed what removing the sell-on clause would mean for any Arsenal bid: "Originally an £11 million offer from Arsenal would actually only set them back £7.7 million. But, by agreeing to waive their right to a 30 per cent sell-on clause, the Gunners would now pay the £11 million in full."

Signing Ozyakup again would help Arsenal strengthen what has become a suspect midfield in recent seasons. Specifically, the Gunners find themselves short on technical quality in the middle for the first time in a long while.

Ozyakup had a tough time during his first stint at Arsenal.
Ozyakup had a tough time during his first stint at Arsenal.ADRIAN DENNIS/Getty Images

The lengthy injury absence of Santi Cazorla has robbed manager Arsene Wenger of his most assured passer from deep. Jack Wilshere is back in the fold, but the 25-year-old has had a lot of trouble staying fit, even taking to social media to make light of his injury history, per Tashan Deniran-Alleyne of Football.London.

Wilshere has yet to start a game in the Premier League as Wenger carefully manages his fitness this campaign. It means the manager has been left to rely on Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey as his most familiar options in midfield.

Ramsey is a player whose game is defined by his contributions in the final third rather than an ability to dictate possession. The latter talent is something Xhaka owns, but the Switzerland international has been guilty of giving the ball away in costly errors.

It doesn't help when neither Francis Coquelin nor Mohamed Elneny has managed to showcase the class and creativity on the ball Arsenal's free-flowing game is based on.

The Gunners lack their familiar depth and quality in midfield this season.
The Gunners lack their familiar depth and quality in midfield this season.Boris Streubel/Getty Images

Wenger's squad used to rely on intuitive midfielders to define their fluid style. The approach was underpinned by an abundance of artful playmakers such as Tomas Rosicky, Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri.

Ozyakup was a member of Arsenal's academy at the time all three were bossing possession for the senior side. Having this much talent in front of him was a big reason he couldn't make the step up.

However, the Turkey international has developed into an accomplished midfield talisman since joining Besiktas in 2012. Ozyakup boasts the vision, industry and flair Wenger's teams are built on.

Ozyakup has the passing ability to make his second spell with Arsenal a successful one.
Ozyakup has the passing ability to make his second spell with Arsenal a successful one.VI-Images/Getty Images

It's little wonder Arsenal have shown such interest in bringing the player back to north London. The Gunners and Premier League rivals Everton were linked with him by Calciomercato.com in November.

Signing Ozyakup for a second time, even at the cost of £11 million, would be a bargain for Arsenalone that is sure to upgrade their options in the most important area of the squad.