Oguzhan Ozyakup, the Dutch kid with the Turkish name, was signed by Arsene Wenger in the summer of 2008 from then champions, AZ Alkmaar. In the process, Arsenal beat off competition from Inter Milan and Barcelona.
However, fast forward two years and the 18-year old finds himself behind the likes of Mark Randall, Nacer Barazite and Henri Lansbury for a place in Arsenal’s ‘Carling Cup team’.
Besides that, at international level, he has progressed with 6 goals in 22 games for the Dutch under-17 side, including a goal in the European u-17 Championship in 2009 against England. His performances for them have seen him progress into the under-19 side in recent months.
His situation at Arsenal has now alerted both PSV Eindhoven’s manager, Fred Rutten and their academy director, Jelle Goes. Particularly now Ibrahim Afellay is off to Barcelona in January.
Were PSV to make a raid for Ozyakup, it would be probably that Wenger would want to at least double his money, meaning the Dutch side would have to part with a seven figure sum. It would also be likely that Wenger will demand several add-on clauses meaning the fee could rise to several million pounds.
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