Report: Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck emerges as shock Besiktas target

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Reports in Turkey claim the Arsenal striker could be sold to make way for Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema.

Danny Welbeck’s brief Arsenal career could be set to come to a surprise end if reports emerging from Turkey are to be believed.

According to news website Fanatik, the 24-year-old has emerged as a surprise target for Besiktas.

The news source claims that the club’s president Fikret Orman is preparing to fly to England in the coming days.

Once there, he is reportedly set to meet with Arsenal and the England international to discuss a potential move.

This speculative development comes amid continued suggestions that the Gunners are lining up a blockbuster bid for Real Madrid frontman Karim Benzema - with the Express among those to report on the subject.

The signing of the Frenchman could see Welbeck pushed further down the pecking order at the Emirates.

And such a development could be enough to convince the former Manchester United star to take his services elsewhere.

With regular first-team football essential to Welbeck securing a place in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for a likely appearance at Euro 2016, a move to Turkey could then prove a more palatable prospect.

But with several developments required before the striker signs for Besiktas, this rumour remains simply that: a rumour.

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