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'Besiktas made an enquiry for Mesut Ozil', claims former board member

Mesut Ozil
Turkish side Besiktas have made an enquiry for Mesut Ozil, according to a former board member.

Erol Kaynar, who is responsible for ‘foreign relations’ at the club, claims that the Super Lig side held talks with the Arsenal midfielder’s representatives in London last week.

“They [Besiktas officials] met with representatives of Mesut Ozil last week”, said Kaynar.

“I think they spoke about a potential transfer, although it is unlikely to happen soon due to the form and current standing of the player.”

Ozil has scored 12 times for the Gunners in 74 appearances, and has previously been criticised for not dominating in his midfield role.

However, the German international – who is settled and happy in London – has impressed in the club’s opening two Premier League games and won’t be leaving Emirates Stadium anytime soon.

Besiktas have already signed Ricardo Quaresma and former Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez on loan this summer, with Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva expected to follow in the coming days.

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[…] member Erol Kaynar is in charge of ‘foreign relations’ at the Turkish club, and has said that the club spoke to Özil’s representative this week, though any deal remains […]

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