There is more to the story that we broke last night that Emre may be leaving Newcastle United.
Emre – has he left Newcastle?
As we mentioned last night reports in Istanbul say that Newcastle are parting company with Emre and have agreed a fee with Turkish club Fenerbahce.
The Turkish star is currently preparing for Euro 2008 in Austria and Switzerland but now a statement has appeared on Fenerbahce’s official wesbite which says:
“Fenerbahce reached an agreement with Newcastle United in order to sign the Turkish superstar Emre Belozoglu.”
“Emre is one of the most accomplished Turkish players of all time, and also a member of the national team, which he helped to a third-place finish at the World Cup 2002.”
The player arrived on Tyneside during the Graeme Souness era from Inter Milan for Â£3.8M and signed a 5 year contract at that time.
The transfer fee we reported last night is said to be around Â£5.5M.
The fact that there is a statement on the Turkish club’s web-site would suggest the deal may indeed be true, but we’ll need to wait for news from the Newcastle club on this one.
This has now gone too far and we would expect some kind of statement from the Newcastle club on this today.
The last thing we want to do right now is to get rid of some of our good players, and losing Emre would not be good in our view.
What do you think?