Sevilla scouting Oğuzhan while Sunderland do the same for Tolgay

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Updated: March 12, 2017

Beşiktaş have been playing another solid season so far and that automatically brigns with it interest from for their players. As the Black Eagles secured a good result in Greece on Thursday, several scouting teams were in the stands to watch their players…

The reigning Europa League champions Sevilla were in the stands to watch Beşiktaş playmaker Oğuzhan Özyakup, who came in at halftime and played a solid game. While English Premier League side Sunderland were likely less impressed with Tolgay Arslan, who they came to watch.

Beşiktaş have repeatedly shown interest over the past few years in Jeremain Lens, currently contracted to Sunderland but on loan at rivals Fenerbahçe. The Black Eagles are reportedly open to a straight up trade for Tolgay Arslan, as Sunderland are still looking to offload Lens this Summer. In fact Lens was very close to joining Beşiktaş already this past Summer, on loan, however as Dick Advocaat was brought in at Fenerbahçe, the Dutch international opted to follow his former PSV coach to Turkey. However with Fenerbahçe’s poor performance in the league and elimination in the Europa League, it is beleived that Dick Advocaat will leave the club at the end of the season. This brings with it that Lens would be unlikely to return and could be open to a move to Beşiktaş.

Beşiktaş and Sunderland are already in talks regarding a deal for both players according to Milliyet. And the Black Eagles could also be open to an attractive offer for their star player Oğuzhan Özyakup, should Sevilla decide to make a concrete offer.

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Editor-in-chief at Beşiktaş International
Freelance sports writer specialized in Turkish football and Beşiktaş. Co-host of the Black Eagles podcast. Frequently featured in World Soccer Digest Japan and many other international media outlets. Following Turkish football for close to two decades. Proud father to Aedin.
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