Premier League giants Arsenal came close to signing Besiktas defender Domagoj Vida during the summer’s transfer according to various media reports.
Vida was one of the standout performers for the Croatia squad that surprisingly reached the final of this summer’s FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia before they were beaten 4-2 by eventual winners France in their final clash in Moscow.
According to the report from Turkish media portal Aksam via thesportswitness, Arsenal offered €12m for Vida but Besiktas wanted more from the Gunners.
The Turkish Super League giants were said to have requested for Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina in addition to the transfer fee offered by the North London giants.
Arsenal didn’t grant their request thereby prompting the collapse of the transfer.
Colombian international shot-stopper Ospina went on to join Italian Serie A giants Napoli on a season-long loan deal until next summer, while the Turkish side beefed up their goalkeeping options with the addition of German goalkeeper Loris Karius.
Karius joined Besiktas on a season-long loan deal from Merseyside giants Liverpool.
Domagoj Vida joined Besiktas from Ukrainian side Dynamo Kyiv in January on a free transfer and the club would still look to sell him when the transfer window reopens so as to make a profit on him.