Plenty of possible destinations for Pedro Franco

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Updated: January 6, 2016

Beşiktaş defender Pedro Camilo Franco has attracted a lot of interest from different clubs, the 24 year old Colombian central defender who joined the Black Eagles in the summer of 2013 on a € 2,4 million transfer from Millonarios has thusfar only played in two cup matches and is yet to make an appearance in the league.

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Pedro Franco has made 68 appearances for Beşiktaş in 2,5 years at the club.

After not getting a minute of playing time in his first six months at the club, Pedro Franco worked his way in to the team in the second half of the 2013-2014 season and formed a good duo with Ersan Gülüm, with whom he played the majority of the 2014-2015 season aswell. Franco made a solid impression during the first half of last season with memorable performances against Arsenal and Tottenham in the Europa League even earning him a call up to the Colombian senior national team for the first time while at Beşiktaş. But Slaven Bilic seemingly blamed him for the European elimination against Brugge in the second half of the season and dropped the young defender from the team, completely destroying his self confidence. Fast forward 8 months later and Franco has not been able to regain his position in the team under the new coach, Senol Günes.

With that and Beşiktaş being on the look for a new central defender this winter, Franco will be let go if a new defender is brought in. Günes confirmed just yesterday that Franco would be allowed to leave if a replacement came during the current transfer window. And it seems that he won’t have to wait long for a possible suitor as lpenty of clubs have already expressed interest in his services. Beşiktaş are most likely to loan Franco instead of outright selling him, but perhaps if the right amount was offered we could see the talented stopper leave on a permanent basis this January.

South American interest

Several clubs from South America are interested in Franco, including Boca Juniors and San Lorenzo but also a yet to be named Brazilian club. San Lorenzo’s interest seems to be most concrete right now as they have reportedly made a first $ 1,8 million bid for the young Colombian. But Beşiktaş will be unlikely to sell Franco for less than what they paid and would be more likely to loan the player in the hopes that he has a good six months to get a better price.

Possibilities to stay in Turkey…

Besides interest from South America there are also several Turkish clubs who are fishing for the services of Pedro Franco. With Eskişehirspor expressing interest a few weeks ago already, Gençlerbirligi and also Antalyaspor have joined the list of clubs who might be interested in brining in Franco on a six month loan. Konyaspor was also reportedly interested but they officially denied rumours of interest in Beşiktaş duo Pedro Franco and Serdar Kurtuluş.

But while interest may be high, it is far from certain whether Franco will be leaving the Black Eagles at all as coach Senol Günes made it crystal clear yesterday during a press conference that Pedro Franco would only be allowed to leave if another defender were to be transferred this January.

 

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Kaan Bayazit

Editor-in-chief at Beşiktaş International
Freelance sports writer specialized in Turkish football and Beşiktaş. Co-host of the Black Eagles podcast. Frequently featured in World Soccer Digest Japan and many other international media outlets. Following Turkish football for close to two decades. Proud father to Aedin.
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