Croatia defied the offs odd to reach the World Cup finals. The Europeans were solid at every department on the pitch. One player who stood out among many others was Domagoj Vida.
Currently on the books of Turkish outfit Besiktas, Vida has been the subject of heavy interest from the Premier League. Earlier, London based West Ham United were credited with interest and now it looks like Arsenal too have stepped in.
Besiktas president Fikret Orman is aware of the player’s desire to move to a new league and said to be happy with Arsenal’s interest, according to Turkish daily Milliyet. West Ham have offered €22 million for Vida and Arsenal will expectedly offer more.
The 29 year old’s bosses in Turkey are looking for a heavier price. President Orman wants to make Vida’s transfer the most expensive in the Turkish Super Lig history. The current no. 1 is Cenk Tosun who moved to Everton in January for €30 million.
The team based out of Istanbul is expected to slap Vida with a similar price tag and will welcome interest from Premier League’s top clubs. Fikret Orman is expected to travel to England this week in order to talk to English club’s willing to sign a cheque worth Besiktas’ asking price.
Vida has been spending time on vacation since the World Cup ended but is clear about moving to the Premier League come summer. Vida will close the curtains on a short lived stint with Besiktas soon.
He arrived at the club in the January transfer window from Dynamo Kyiv of Ukraine. He went on to make 13 appearances for the club during the process and netting one goal.
He signed a four and a half year contract with the Vodafone Park outlet, hence, making his club command a heavy transfer fee with four years still on his contract.