Arsenal’s late swoop for Besiktas defender Domagoj Vida looks like being a complicated one after developments on Wednesday. The Evening Standard claim that the Gunners have been told they will have to pay £26.9m to sign him with Besiktas keen to cash in on the Croatian World Cup star.
But while Besiktas are ready to offload Vida, who was a star for Croatia in Russia, the player himself is not keen on leaving. According to Turkish paper Aksam, Vida has told the club that he “loves Istanbul” and does not want to leave. Head of football transfers at Besiktas Umut Guner though is reported, via football.london,as saying: “Besiktas loves you very much, but the conditions of the club are important.”
Turkish-Football report that club president Fikret Orman is in London with other club officials in order to iron out a deal before the 5pm deadline on Thursday.