The Big Boys Are Now After One Of Our Top Targets


Dorukhan Tokoz, who over the weekend excited many with his display against France, is now a target for some of Europe’s preeminent clubs.

There is news now that after his performance against France, Juventus have become interested in the Turkish midfielder.

Apparently, the Juve scouts were at that match to watch Sassuolo defender Merih Demiral and couldn’t help but notice Tokoz.

Incidentally, Juventus does appear close to signing Demiral from Sassuolo. But now they have Tokoz on their radar as well.

Dorukhan Tokoz– may now be a bridge too far

That performance in France appears to have done wonders for Tokoz’s international profile. As it is also being reported, that Arsenal will now send scouts out to watch the player.

The most recent news is that Arsenal will watch the player today in Turkey’s Euro qualifier against Iceland.

It appears that this player is now in high demand. Besiktas could make a massive profit on a player they bought in the summer for only €750K.

The latest fee bandied about for Tokoz has reached as high as €20M. Now with Arsenal and Juventus sniffing about, Besiktas should probably hold out for more.


84 comments so far

  • Posh_Geordie

    Jun 11, 2019 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #41

    With regards to the 7-10 days thing. Rafa said nothing will happen for 7-10 days as he was on holiday. So I understood that as he won’t start working on the deal until then.

    In relation to the sighting of him. He is famous for taking the minimum time off, so this is nothing out of the ordinary to me.

    – A Magpie lands on top of a massive sand dune the warm winds of hope ruffling its feathers. The proud Magpie eyes a large bloated slug trying to decide if it will have it as a snack or be devoured –

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  • RobLeenio

    Jun 11, 2019 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #42

    Kamakazeee, that’s a canny article, interview by proxy, essentially. I’m pretty sure that Ciaran Kelly won’t have spontaneously turned up at the centre on the same day as Rafa, which suggests some collusion. I don’t see a photo credit anywhere, which suggests he took his own shots also, so hasn’t done an interview remotely.

    So, there’s a junior Chronicle reporter who is in the same place as Rafa at the same time, but instead of interviewing Rafa who is under an NDA, he interviews the centre owner. Yeah, right.

    Shenanigans and skullduggery, for sure. I think we can take everything that is reported in that interview as essentially Rafa’s own words, pre-prepared (Rafa was at the Centre last week) and packaged for a time when the fans needed some reassurance.

    Or, I could be completely wrong.

    Anyway, good spot.

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  • Tony Baloney

    Jun 11, 2019 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #43

    Jib: do you know how they decide on the fixtures? I have seen that it is not just random, that the PL have some input. I am not sure if it is just my mind playing tricks but we always seem to get Man U or Liverpool on Boxing Day of New Years Day.

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  • Mindshaft

    Jun 11, 2019 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #44

    Tony Baloney – think PL send their fixture list to Sky and Sky tell em to stick it and use theres

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jun 11, 2019 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #45

    Can anyone remember what was written above the main entrance/players entrance int SJP
    At the minute all signage has been taken down and workmen are chiselling new holes in the brickwork
    Mind you there is still a big Sports Defect sign hanging in the glass reception area

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  • Jib

    Jun 11, 2019 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #47

    I always that it was random on a computer
    with the first half season fixtures simply reversed for the
    second half

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  • Jib

    Jun 11, 2019 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #48

    thought

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  • Tony Baloney

    Jun 11, 2019 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #49

    Thanks anyway Jib: I saw something last year that the fixtures were not totally random but can’t remember where.

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  • Mindshaft

    Jun 11, 2019 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #50

    Its done by sequencing 5 sets of fixtures with the following rules

    There are the “golden rules” of sequencing. In any five matches there should be a split of three home fixtures, two away, or the other way around.

    Wherever possible a club will not have more than two home or away matches in a row, and will be home and away around FA Cup ties.

    We will also strive to prevent any club from having to start or finish the season with two home or two away matches because it would be unfair for a team to finish with two aways, especially if they are looking for points.

    Around the Christmas period, if you are at home on Boxing Day you will be away on New Year’s Day, or the equivalent date. And we will also try to maintain a Saturday home-away sequence throughout the season wherever possible.

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  • Mindshaft

    Jun 11, 2019 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #51

    Then they get sent to Sky who will change dates to suit them

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  • Tony Baloney

    Jun 11, 2019 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #52

    Jib: Wouldn’t that have meant we played Spurs on the last day last season?

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  • Mindshaft

    Jun 11, 2019 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #53

    Thats how we didn’t meet the same sequence of teams as we did for the first nine games

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  • Tony Baloney

    Jun 11, 2019 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #54

    Maybe Rafa if waiting for the fixtures to make up his mind? If we get the first 10 games like last year perhaps we can cut the odds of the Chelsea job?

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  • Jib

    Jun 11, 2019 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #55

    Apparently I am way out of date

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  • RobLeenio

    Jun 11, 2019 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #56

    Jib, it’s a good article, worth posting twice
    😉

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  • Tony Baloney

    Jun 11, 2019 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #57

    Past your sell by date? You Jib? Nah.

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  • jimiley

    Jun 11, 2019 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #58

    There is nothing to worry about. The sheik said its “all good.”
    Like phook it is!!!!
    There is none so blind as those who cannot see.
    People believe what they want to believe. At the moment people want to believe in a takeover and Rafa staying.
    Not happening.
    10 days ago the deal was all but done. According only to the sheik.
    Can anybody explain why Ashley was haggling over a contract with Rafa weeks ago when a deal with the sheik was almost done.? Why bother? Any agreed deal would be ripped up days later at the takeover.
    No my fiends, the simple truth is that there will be no takeover because there is no seller.
    But stringing the fans and Rafa along with stories of a takeover can only help season ticket sales.
    And when there is no takeover by 30th June Rafa will walk as well. Well he has not signed the contract because it is crap. The figures of 60 million and using money from sales to buy is obviously bollix. What is the source of these figures. If the deal was any good Rafa would have signed regardless of any takeover and then negotiated another when the sheik took over. Rafa is gone and so is the Sheik.
    What to do mateys????

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  • Tony Baloney

    Jun 11, 2019 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #59

    Jimiley: you know about as much as the rest of us. Which is pretty much nothing, We are all making assumptions and they change every day as far as I can see. And I am not blind! There are certain things that are obviously false such as Rafa to Chelsea. The rest of it, who knows? Your OPINION is no more or less valid than anyone else’s so I will keep it in mind.

    I do know that anything Ryder says is probably crap. So his opinion is not valid. 6 hours before Almiron got on a plane to Newcastle he said the deal was off. ITK.

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  • Novocastrian66

    Jun 11, 2019 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #60

    I probably have misunderstood the 7-10 statement, however Brighton can sack and appoint a new manager within a similar timeline. We cannot manage to convince our manager to commit to a new deal.
    However Rafa does have previous in such dealings taking time to reach an amicable conclusion.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/l/liverpool/7953300.stm

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  • Toon44

    Jun 11, 2019 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #61

    Nothing’s going to happen with the takeover.

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  • Toon44

    Jun 11, 2019 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #62

    It’s all BS, something would have happened by now.

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  • Toon44

    Jun 11, 2019 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #63

    It’s like waiting for the club to sign someone.

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  • jimiley

    Jun 11, 2019 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #64

    Tony
    Agreed that nobody knows nothing but I am making my point logically. Why negotiate a contract with Rafa if a takeover is days away?
    You are putting blind faith in some Sheik you do not know It is very likely that the Sheik has been had over as well. He thinks he is buying the club but a certain man has different ideas.
    The Rafa negotiations tell me he has no intention to sell. You are just hoping he will.

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  • DubaiMicky

    Jun 11, 2019 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #65

    Anyone seen Midhat’s tweet?

    It’s a thumbs up (that’s all, nothing else)

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  • droppy in Wallsend

    Jun 11, 2019 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #66

    Yes the takeover is off, Ashley won’t sell until the year 3000. Rafa is deliberately stringing is all along and the players have pre written their transfers requests.

    It’s one thing to be sceptical but none of us have any solid facts and everyone can see distinct differences this time surely.

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  • RobLeenio

    Jun 11, 2019 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #67

    Micky, folk are saying it’s a fake account. Do you know different?

    😮

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  • oldarse

    Jun 11, 2019 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #68

    where might we see this thumbs up normally its two fingers

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  • Novocastrian66

    Jun 11, 2019 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #69

    Thumbs up to what though Micky? His mam might have tweeted telling him his tea is ready.

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  • Tony Baloney

    Jun 11, 2019 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #70

    jimiley: I am not putting my faith in anything. I am totally confused at the moment and don’t know what to believe. All I can do is dismiss the obvious stupid stuff and wait for it to play out. The only things we have to go on are statements from the Dubai group and the fact that Rafa is still hanging around. Whether he is just going through the motions during his last days, waiting for developments with a buyout or even considering the Fat Man’s offer, none of us know.

    I can say that his other options are becoming more limited by the day and that may come into it.

    Or may not 🙂

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  • RobLeenio

    Jun 11, 2019 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #71

    jimiley “Why negotiate a contract with Rafa if a takeover is days away?”

    Do you know for sure that a contract has been negotiated? There are other theories as to why Rafa went to that hotel in London, you know. Reasons that wouldn’t make Montse angry, I mean.

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  • Toon44

    Jun 11, 2019 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #72

    It’s all bollocks

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  • jimiley

    Jun 11, 2019 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #73

    A question for the takeover faithful.
    A deal has almost been done for 10 days.
    When do you begin to have doubts? 20 June, 30th June?? Tick tock.

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  • Toon44

    Jun 11, 2019 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #74

    I agree with my girlfriend Toon22.

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  • jimiley

    Jun 11, 2019 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #76

    Rob
    If no contract has been negotiated then Rafa is definitely gone.

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  • Tony Baloney

    Jun 11, 2019 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #77

    Jimiley: the only other person who doesn’t waiver on here is The Frog. Do you really want to be lumped in with him?

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  • RobLeenio

    Jun 11, 2019 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #78

    Mind the account is 7 years old, apparently so if it’s a fake account then it’s a pretty elaborate hoax.

    Apparently people saying it’s fake because the associated email address (generic BZG address) is not configured with their email servers correctly. I assume in 7 years that the email server would have been replaced a couple of times, maybe it’s just a legacy thing.

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  • Jib

    Jun 11, 2019 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #79

    Dubs is playing in Baku , Azerbaijan this evening
    The last time we had a goalie play in a country on
    the shores of the Caspian it was Tim Krul in Kazakhstan.
    He received a knee injury that kept him out for months.

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  • RobLeenio

    Jun 11, 2019 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #80

    jimiley “If no contract has been negotiated then Rafa is definitely gone.”

    Now, come on, even you know that given the context of what’s going on that this is a bit of a daft line of argument. Nothing is definite about this club at the moment.

    Chill and let’s see what happens. No need for doom and gloom just yet.

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