One more big bang? Domagoj Vida still on Beşiktaş radar!

Updated: August 13, 2017

With the acquisitions of several high profile signings such as Pepe, Jeremain Lens, Álvaro Negredo and Gary Medel, many expect Beşiktaş to have closed their transfer window for the Summer.

Bar a signing of a talented young player, many expected Beşiktaş to be done until January. With Doamgoj Vida high on their wishlist but his club Dynamo Kiev being unwilling to lower their price, it seemed that Beşiktaş brought in Gary Medel as a temporary fix in the defence in order to bring in Vida on a free (Bosman) in January.

However with Dynamo Kiev crashing out of the Champions League qualifiers and Vida’s reluctance to sign a new deal with Ukrainian giants, Beşiktaş have launched a last grasp attempt to acquire the Croatian International this Summer.

Dynamo Kiev’s manager, Aleksandr Khatskevich, stated before Kiev’s league game on Friday against Zirka that he had omitted Domagoj Vida from the matchday squad because the player was “in talks with a club” and could be moving on soon. That club is believed to be Beşiktaş as they have been pursuing the player for quite some time now.

It has also been confirmed by several reliable sources in Turkey, including Firat Günayer, that Beşiktaş have indeed made a final offer for Vida and should Kiev decline this time around that they would move to sign the 28-year old defender on a Bosman for January.

Beşiktaş are believed to have made an offer between €1,5 and 2m to acquire Vida immediately and things will become clear over the next few days.Beşiktaş president Fikret Orman was even asked about Vida in an interview yesterday and, in a similar way to how he reacted to questions about Lens and Medel, he talked around the question with a preverbial wink.

So, could a last big Summer move be in the cards against all expectations? Or will Vida have to wait until January to wear the Beşiktaş colours?


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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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