Beşiktaş’s Summer 2018 Transfer Review – Part 1

Updated: September 9, 2018

The 2017-2018 season left me and a lot of Beşiktaş fans with mixed feelings. As Beşiktaş looked very impressive in the Champions League, becoming the first Turkish team to qualify by finishing top of their group with an undefeated record, dreams of winning three league titles in a row were shattered with a disappointing fourth place finish. After the season was completed, as always, all eyes were on players leaving and arriving at the club.

The first part of this review will focus on the players who are no longer a part of Beşiktaş. For me the saddest departure has to be that of Anderson Talisca. The Brazilian who scored a total of 37 goals in 80 matches couldn’t be kept at the club after his loan period ended. It appears that Beşiktaş will greatly miss the 24 year old’s goals in a season where question marks surround all of the team’s strikers.

Spanish goalkeeper Fabri was sold to Fulham for 6 million Euros. Selling a player who was obtained for free is always impressive and Beşiktaş made a good profit with this sale. The 30 year old goalkeeper wasn’t the best goalkeeper in the world but he did manage to capture the fans’ affection after being reduced to tears in that disastrous night in Kiev. Despite the occasional error, Fabri inspired a lot of confidence in many fans especially because he replaced error pone Tolga Zengin as the team’s number one keeper.

Serbian defender Dusko Tosic departed to China as Guangzhou R&F paid Beşiktaş 4.5 million euros. The 33 year old’s significant improvement under the black and white jersey was testament to just how far hard work and hunger can take you. Although Tosic will be missed, the amount Beşiktaş received for a player of his age is impressive, especially considering that Tosic also arrived at the club on free transfer.

Some other less significant departures include that of Matej Mitrovic, Pedro Franco and Denys Boyko. The sale of the Croatian Mitrovic looks impressive as Beşiktaş managed to obtain 3.5 million euros from a player who never looked to be getting close to a regular place in the starting line-up. However, we mustn’t forget that the 24 year old was once purchased for 4.2 million euros. Out of favour Pedro Franco and Denys Boyko both left the club with free transfers to CD America and Dynamo Kiev. The Ukrainian goalkeeper Boyko had once joined the black eagles with high hopes. The 30 year old had joined the club from Dnipro for a transfer fee of 3.3 million euros but failed to get a regular run in the first team. Pedro Franco who managed to get more first team starts than Boyko was transferred from Millonarios for 2.4 million euros. Similarly to Boyko, he finally left the side after a series of loan spells away from the club.

“Promising young players” Aras Özbiliz, Umut Nayır and Orkan Çınar were sent out on loan to Willem II, Bursaspor and Adana Demirspor respectively. We can only hope that they return in an improved manner and go on to have many a successful match at Beşiktaş. However, looking at past experiences this might be a bit optimistic to say the least. One-time regular Veli Kavlak was released after a long period on the sidelines as a result of a series of injuries.