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Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck set for move to Turkey

Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck set for move to Turkey

Reports have today emerged from Turkish media outlet Fotospor that Danny Welbeck is one of several names Turkish side Besiktas are interested in signing this summer.

A disappointing campaign

Besiktas finished the 2017/18 season in 4th place in the Turkish Super Lig. This means they have both missed out on the title and also only qualify for the Europa League next season as just the top two sides in the Turkish Super Lig earn a Champions League spot.

But Besiktas will feel hard done by as despite finishing 4th they were just one point off  2nd and four points off first.

So, they will be keen to ensure that doesn’t happen again next season and bringing in a player of Welbeck’s quality could certainly go some way to preventing that.

Loss of a star striker

As well as narrowly missing out on a Champions League spot this season, Besiktas have also had to say goodbye to their top goal scorer.

Talisca, who was on a two-year loan from Portuguese side Benfica has now returned back to his parent club.

Talisca enjoyed two very successful seasons in Turkey. In the 2016/17 season, he scored 13 goals in 22 league appearances for Besiktas. And in the 2017/18 season, he scored 20 in 47 appearances for Besiktas, including four in the Champions League.

Sadly for Besiktas, Talisca is likely to stay with Benfica next season, meaning they need to find a new top goal scorer.

Danny Welbeck celebrates vs West Ham

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 19: Danny Welbeck of Arsenal (R) celebrates as he scores their first goal with team mate Olivier Giroud during the Carabao Cup Quarter-Final match between Arsenal and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on December 19, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Pushed out

While Welbeck, like quite a lot of Arsenal players, is injury prone, he is still a quality player. In 28 Premier League appearances last season, a fair few of which were as a sub, Welbeck still managed to score five times.

Also, with the arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Arsenal over the past year, Welbeck is finding himself increasingly out of favour. So, he could benefit from a move elsewhere and Besiktas could suit him well.

 

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