There is breaking news in Turkey that top club Fenerbahce have agreed terms with Newcastle for Turkish midfielder Emre.
Emre – reports that Newcastle have agree fee with Fenerbahce?
The Turkish club are hoping to build up on their current squad, and are reported to have agreed terms with Newcastleâ€™s Emre Belozoglu, and with his club Newcastle United.
The Turkish International’s agent Ahmet Bulut has verified the report to be true.
It appears the total cost of the transfer will be about 7M euros to be paid to Newcastle and 3.5M euros per year to Emre.
This is about Â£5.5M in transfer costs, which is more than the Â£3.8M Newcastle are reported to have paid Inter Milan for the midfielder in July, 2005.
We do find it hard to believe that Emre will be getting about Â£2.8M/year at the Turkish club, that sounds unreal. Maybe that amount is over the length of the contract, but we have no idea what the contract length is.
At that time Emre signed a 5 year contract with the club when Graeme Souness was then the manager at the Tyneside club. That contract still has two years to run.
It is also being reported that Fenerbahceâ€™s Chairman, Aziz Yildirim, will announce this transfer during his broadcast on FBTV on June 2nd, which is this Monday.
But we are rather dubious about this report, since there were reports about Emre leaving Newcastle last November.
They came out of Turkey, when Emre was himself playing there for Turkey in the Euro 2008 qualifiers, and all kinds of quotes were being attributed to various officials. and even to Emre himself.
And those reports turned out to be made up nonsense, as we learned later, even though they were widely reported.
They even had Emre saying he wanted to leave Newcastle, and Emre later clarified the situation, by saying he said no such thing, and it was all made up in his homeland.
As far as we know Keegan and Newcastle do not want to sell Emre, and Keegan has said more than once that he sees Emre in Newcastleâ€™s future.
The reports also suggest the signing will not take place until after the Euro 2008 Championships, which to us sounds a little dubious and strange.
Add to that the reports that the Galatasaray club’s board are trying to prevent this deal from going through, and it looks like somebody is playing a joke.
These reports are coming from Turkey, but once bitten twice shy, and if we were pushed weâ€™d have to say we think these reports were made up nonsense.
We want to be signing new players in the summer, and not selling the good players we already have.
But weâ€™ll see â€“ at least the reports are definitely being aired in the Turkish press, we know that.