Bayern Munich vs Besiktas – Betting Tips and Predictions

Bayern Munich will resume their European challenge with a home tie against Besiktas in the first leg of the last-16 tie on Tuesday. The Bundesliga giants will be favourites to win their tie against the Turkish side, who are making their debut in the knockout stages of the competition. Bayern were drawn together with Paris Saint-Germain and both clubs ended the group stage with 15 points. Bayern could only manage the second spot due to an inferior head-to-head record. However, the German club are currently on an 11-game winning run…

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Manchester City star linked with shock transfer

Besiktas have begun discussions regarding a move for Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany, with the Turkish champions in the process of drawing up a contract. That is according to a report by Turkish newspaper Fanatik, which claims a meeting between the two clubs has taken place at board level and Besiktas president Fikret Orman monitoring the situation. The Super Lig champions are convinced they can sign the Belgium international for a transfer fee of around £25 million, but they may struggle to meet his £130,000-a-week wages. However, Besiktas believe they can discuss a transfer…

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Euro giants confirm they made bid for Chelsea star during the summer

Besiktas president Fikret Orman has confessed that his side did indeed make an offer for to sign Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel during the summer transfer window, according to the Metro. The 28-year-old has featured from the start just once in the Premier League this season and could be tempted to make a move away from Stamford Bridge when the transfer window re-opens in January. And though it has emerged that the deal fell through over the summer, it could well be resurrected in the new year. Speaking to Turkish…

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Arsenal eye double Turkish raid for star midfield pair

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is reportedly looking into the possibility of making a double move for two of Turkey’s biggest midfield talents, according to the Metro. With the likes of Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini all suffering early season injuries and falling out of form, Wenger is keen to strengthen his midfield in the upcoming January transfer window. A report in Spanish publication Fichajes.com claims that one name Wenger is targeting is a former young Gooner. Besiktas midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup, who left the Gunners back in 2012, has…

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John Obi Mikel only stayed at Chelsea because their Paul Pogba move fell through

Chelsea apparently came within moments of selling long serving midfielder John Obi Mikel to Turkish giants Besiktas this summer, but ended up keeping him as their own pursuit of Paul Pogba failed to get off the ground, the Metro reports. The Metro states that The Blues had earmarked the Nigerian international as the man to make way for Pogba’s arrival from Italian champions Juventus. An article on Turkish publication Radyospor claimed that Mikel was more than happy to make the move to the Super Lig side, only to see manager…

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Man United gossip: De Gea STAYS as Madrid move falls through and Martial arrives for medical

Transfer deadline day’s biggest Manchester United news and transfer rumour roundup. David De Gea’s £29m move from Manchester United to Real Madrid has collapsed because the necessary paperwork was not submitted in time, the BBC reports. No official announcement has yet been made by either club. Manchester United are set to complete the £36m signing of 19-year-old Monaco forward Anthony Martial, according to the BBC. The striker, who has been linked with Arsenal, was allowed to leave the France squad on Monday for a medical with Louis van Gaal’s side.…

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Man United goalkeeper set to stay as club pull out of move

Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes looks set to stay at Old Trafford beyond this summer, after the Daily Express reported that Besiktas had pulled out of the deal to sign the 33-year-old. The Turkish side’s head coach Senol Gunes reportedly decided against a move for the former Barcelona man after coming to the conclusion that the wages Valdes would receive could be much better spent in other areas of the squad (via Express). The news that the Spaniard is set to stay is unlikely to see him return to contention…

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Arsenal rubbish Mesut Ozil exit talks but star admits he wants Turkey move

Arsenal have moved to deny rumours that forward Mesut Ozil is being linked with Turkish giants Besiktas this summer only for the player to admit that he does want to play in Turkey before he hangs up his boots, according to the Daily Express. Reports emerged this week linking the playmaker with a move to Besiktas after the club’s former board member Erol Kaynar claiming talks had been held with the German’s agent. However, in a post on their official Twitter account, Arsenal have confirmed that there is no truth…

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Besiktas reportedly approach Mesut Ozil about possible Arsenal exit

Besiktas are reportedly keen to pull off what would be the most stunning move of the summer, after it was claimed that they had spoken to Mesut Ozil’s representatives about an Arsenal exit, according to the Metro. The Metro report that Erol Kaynar – who was previously on the Turkish side’s board – has claimed that the club’s head of transfers Erdal Torunogullari met with the German international’s agent. “Erdal met with Mesut Ozil’s representatives last week and made an enquiry,” he stated. The 26-year-old’s contract runs out in 2018 (via Metro),…

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Besiktas line up ambitious move for Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck

The Metro are reporting that Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck is being lined up as a surprise target for Turkish giants Besiktas. Having sold former Premier League favourite Demba Ba to Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua (via BBC) they are now in the market for a new striker, and have reportedly targeted the England international to fill the gap. According to Turkish newspaper Aksam, the Besiktas hierarchy are confident of landing the former Man United man for a fee in the region of £7-10.6million. Having only arrived at The Emirates Stadium last…

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