Agent of ‘new Mesut Ozil’ gives Arsenal transfer boost after German’s praise

Yusuf Yazici is looking to secure a big move away from Lille, his agent has revealed.

The Turkish midfielder has been in fine form for the French outfit since joining them from Trabzonspor last summer, establishing himself as an integral part of the starting XI.

In 38 appearances for the Ligue 1 side, Yazici has found the back of the net ten times and provided six assists.

The Turkey international's impressive displays for Les Dogues are said to have caught the eye of several teams in Europe.

Premier League big boys Arsenal are said to be one of the sides contemplating signing the 23-year-old, who would be a much cheaper alternative to their summer target Houssem Aouar.

And the north Londoners will be boosted by the news Lille are will part company with Yazici's services.

In an interview with Turkey's Demiroren News Agency, Yazici's agent Adem Cebeci said: "It is really an honour for the big clubs to take care of Yusuf because Yusuf has goals and is moving towards this goal.

Premier League's most expensive kit deals

  1. Manchester United (Adidas) – £75m-a-season
  2. Liverpool (Nike) – £70m-a-season*
  3. Manchester City (Puma) – £65m-a-season
  4. Chelsea (Nike) – £60m-a-season
  5. Arsenal (Adidas) – £50m-a-season
  6. Tottenham (Nike) – £30m-a-season

*If bonuses are met

"(Lille) Sporting director (Luis) Campos likes Yusuf’s game very much. That’s why he worked hard for his transfer.

“When Yusuf reaches his true potential, they want to sell him to very good clubs for a very good price, and that doesn’t seem too far."

Yazici's playing style has seen him draw comparisons to Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil, whose time at the Emirates look set to come to an acrimonious end.

The midfielder is well known to Ozil, with the former Real Madrid ace singing his praises during an interview with Turkish newspaper Hurriyet in 2018.

He said: "I really like Trabzonspor duo Yusuf Yazici and Abdulkadir Omur, they are incredible talents.

"Yusuf Yazici is an amazing No. 10. We have a lot of similarities and I see myself in him.

"His left foot, his position, his close passing and calmness on the ball."

Yazici and his Lille team-mates will be back in action on Thursday night, welcoming Italian giants AC Milan to the Stade Pierre Mauroy.

Arsenal will also take to the pitch on Thursday evening, locking horns with Norwegian champions FC Molde in their fourth Europa League outing of the season.

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