The agent of Besiktas midfielder Oguzhan Özyakup has today endorsed a move for his client to Serie A outfit Lazio, also confirming the interest of Everton and AC Milan.
Surplus to requirements
Ozyakup, a 25-year-old central/attacking midfielder, spent four years with Arsenal’s youth setup from 2008 to 2012, having arrived at the club from Dutch outfit AZ Alkmaar.
However, the technically-gifted starlet failed to make the grade amongst the wealth of talents available to Arsene Wenger in North London, and was eventually sold to Besiktas 6 years ago for a paltry £400,000.
In the end, a move away from the Emirates proved the best possible decision for Ozyakup, though, with the Dutch-born Turkish international having since gone on to establish himself as an absolute mainstay in Besiktas’ midfield, as well as being named the club’s captain.
He has also managed to rack up 32 caps for Turkey, with Arda Turan having previously stated that Ozyakup is the man to take over leadership of the national team once he decides to call time on his international career.
Over the last two seasons in the Turkish top-flight, the former Arsenal man racked up an impressive 14 goals and 14 assists, with his contributions having helped steer his side to a momentous Super Lig crown last season.
Ozyakup’s stellar recent form has led to growing links between the midfielder and a number of Europe’s top clubs, with Arsenal rumoured to be keen on bringing their former youth star back to North London.
However, as per a report from theLaziali.com, SEG, Ozyakup’s agency, revealed in an interview earlier today that the Besiktas star (who’s contract at Vodafone Park is set to expire this summer) could instead be set for a move to Serie A outfit Lazio, as a possible replacement for Manchester United and PSG target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic:
‘I can confirm that Lazio, Marseille, Everton, Milan and Valencia are all observing and are interested in Oguzhan. He would be the perfect addition to Lazio’s side, given the possibility that Sergej Milinkovic-Savic will be leaving the club in the summer, and given the age of both Lucas Leiva and Marco Parolo.’