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'Spectacular' 20-year-old made Arsenal come-get-me plea last year, now he's reportedly hoping Spurs sign him

Tottenham Hotspur are now reportedly trying to sign a player who last year said he wanted to join Arsenal.

According to Turkiye Gazetesi, Spurs have made a bid for Turkey international left-back Ridvan Yilmaz.

And the Fenerbahce prodigy has apparently urged his club to facilitate a move to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

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But just last year, Yilmaz made a come-get-me plea to Mikel Arteta in hope of joining the Gunners.

Speaking on TRT Spor – via Tribal Football – he said: “I want to leave Besiktas by making money.

“My heart is in favour of England. I want to play for Arsenal, the Premier League team.”

Back to the TG report, Tottenham have apparently made an €8million (£6.8million) offer for Yilmaz.

However, Besiktas reportedly want €10million (£8.5million) for the 20-year-old.

If Yilmaz were to join Tottenham, Arsenal fans will surely be eager to remind Spurs fans of the above comments.

But at the same time, Spurs fans will no doubt respond by highlighting which club actually managed to sign him.

Whichever club lands Yilmaz, they’d be getting a top prospect who has shown he’s a cut above in Turkey.

Tottenham could do with bolstering their ranks at left-back, particularly if Sergio Reguilon leaves.

The Spaniard has been linked with a return to La Liga this summer.

If he leaves, Antonio Conte would need competition for Ryan Sessegnon.

Meanwhile, Arsenal already have Kieran Tierney and Nuno Tavares at left-back.

Tavares has had a mixed maiden season at the Emirates so far, but Mikel Arteta seems happy enough with him.

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“Can suddenly disrupt the opposition defensive structure”

In December 2020, scouting website Breaking The Lines provided an in-depth analysis of Yilmaz.

They quoted Besiktas fan Aaron Armstrong as saying: “I’d say there isn’t really a well-known full back that’s identical to him.

“For me the thing with Ridvan is that we expect young full back talents to be attacking, especially those who are pacey and have high work rates.

“But he’s firstly a very good defender, he’s never out of his depth and always aware. He has improved his crossing a lot from last year and he has good fundamentals like vision and reading the play.

“He’s also calm on the ball, but lacks final pass quality at the moment. Perhaps he has to improve in the decisions and composure department. In other words, he needs more experience at this level.

“I never expect him to do extra, like beat a man or two and provide an assist out of nowhere so he must work on his attacking qualities.

“But his positioning and overlapping, personally his runs are my favourite quality of his, can suddenly disrupt the opposition defensive structure. That gives us an extra dimension while attacking.”

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Breaking the Lines also spoke of how much of an impact Yilmaz made in a 3-2 Superlig win over Basaksehir in November 2020.

“The results were spectacular,” they wrote. “Besiktas recorded a surprise 3-2 victory, with Ridvan’s performance crucial.

“He kept Edin Visca, arguably the best player in Super Lig, quiet for most of the match.

“His display was so imperious that the Bosnian was actually switched to the left flank by Okan Buruk in order to give him more space.

“When Ridvan was taken off in the 77th minute, Visca moved back to the right.”

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