Ozughan Ozyakup's new Besiktas contract ironically good news for Everton

Everton coach David Unsworth celebrates after the NI Super Cup U21 football match between Everton and Espanyol at Coleraine Showgrounds on July 21, 2016 in Coleraine, Northern Ireland.

Everton want Ozughan Ozyakup with his contract due to expire in June - but he could still sign a new deal with the Turkish champions.

Besiktas' Turkish midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup (L) vies with Monaco's Brazilian defender Fabinho (R) during the UEFA Champions League Group G football match between Besiktas and Monaco on...

For any budding midfielder, being compared to one Zinedine Zidane is quite the compliment. Though former Turkey international Ridvan Dilmen had no qualms about comparing Ozughan Ozyakup to arguable the greatest playmaker of the 21st century in his column for Turkish paper Sabah.

A vibrant and intelligent central midfielder with the ability to open up defences via a forceful run or incisive pass, Ozyakup has arguably been the best player in Turkish football over the last two years, while inspiring Besiktas to successive Super Lig titles.

But with his contract expiring at the end of the season, his stand-out displays have unsurprisingly not gone unnoticed. According to Fotomac, Everton are tracking the 25-year-old Turkish international, who was let go by Arsenal in 2012.

Turkey's midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup (R) and Spain's defender Juanfran vie for the ball during the Euro 2016 group D football match between Spain and Turkey at the Allianz Riviera stadium...


Besiktas, then, are concerned that they could lose their key man on a free transfer in just a few months’ time. Therefore, it’s reported that they are hatching a plan which could suit all parties down to the ground.

Fanatik are reporting that Besiktas want Ozyakup to sign a new contract to ensure he does not leave for nothing. But fear not Everton fans, the report adds that Ozyakup could be given a release clause of just £9 million – a fee well within The Toffees budget.

David Unsworth, Caretaker Manager of Everton looks on during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Everton at Selhurst Park on November 18, 2017 in London, England.

This means that not only would Besiktas get a fee for arguably their prized asset, Everton could also pick him up for a bargain price – albeit missing out on the chance to sign Ozyakup on a free.

But with Everton expected to rake in the money when Ross Barkley finally moves from Goodison Park in January, The Standard reporting that Tottenham and Chelsea are still keen, Ozyakup could replace him for a fraction of the price.

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