Newcastle have agreed with Fenerbahce to sell Emre, for around Â£4M, but the deal has still not been completed.
Emre will complete short National Service before joining Fenerbahce
Apparently, under Turkish law, any citizen who has lived outside the country for up to three years has to spend 15 months in the national service.
But anyone returning after more than three years living abroad, which is the specific case of Emre, since he first left his homeland in 2001 for Inter-Milan, has to sign up for 21 days of basic military training.
It is reported that Emre will complete that basic training next month before he signs for Fernerbahce.
When Emre moved to Inter-Milan from Galatasaray in 2001, he asked for special permission to postpone his national service during his time in Italy, so the time in Italy really didn’t count.
He moved to Newcastle, then under Graeme Souness, who was once the Galatasaray manager, in July of 2005.
As a result of this, Emre will not finalize his return to his homeland until the start of next month, so that it is over three years since he moved to Tyneside.
The bottom line seems like he has to be in England over 3 years, before he signs for Fenerbehce and officially returns to Turkey, so he only has to serve 21 days in national service.
Well that’s better than 15 months, that’s for sure.
Pity we couldn’t have negotiated more money because of that little complication.
A Fenerbahce spokesman said:
â€œWe will send him for national service at the end of the European Championships and there is no problem with the transfer.â€
Well, that’s an interesting story, but it still means he’ll be leaving Newcastle for about as much as we paid for him, if the Â£4M fee is accurate.