Yusuf Yazici has been in fine form in the Europa League this season. The 23-year-old Turkish international has scored two hat-tricks, against Sparta Prague and AC Milan, to sit on six goals from three games in Europe’s secondary competition.
Whilst he has largely been used as a substitute in Ligue 1 the former Trabzonspor man has finally forced his way into the starting XI in the league as well with his fine performances for the French side.
Such form has started talk of a potential move away from the club, with Arsenal said to be long-term admirers.
The Daily Mail recently reported that Arsenal have been tracking him for years, since Arsene Wenger was still at the club, and remain fond of the player.
He would be considered something of a new Mesut Ozil if he did head to The Emirates, with the German outcast even comparing the ‘amazing’ Lille playmaker to himself in 2018.
Now, the player’s agent Adem Cebeci has been discussing Yazici’s future and suggested that the Turkish star will one day leave Lille but for a big fee.
“It is necessary to be humble, but Yusuf’s achievement of this performance is the result of planned and patient work,” Cebeci told DHA, as relayed by Sporsun. “It is really an honor for the big clubs to take care of Yusuf. Because Yusuf has goals and is moving towards this goal.
“(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.”
Arsenal know all too well just how harsh negotiating a deal with Lille can be. The club spent a record amount in luring Nicolas Pepe to The Emirates from Les Dogues.
Victor Osimhen was also sold for big money in the summer, heading to Napoli, and next year Lille will likely have another big sale up their sleeves.
That might be the case with Yazici should he keep up the current momentum. So if Arsenal do end up wanting to bring in a new Ozil next summer, it is likely to cost them Pepe money.