Mario Gómez expected in İstanbul tonight to complete Beşiktaş move!

Updated: July 29, 2015

Fiorentina striker Mario Gomez is expected to arrive in İstanbul wednesday evening, meaning tonight. According to Gianluca Di Marzio agreements have been reached and the German striker will travel to Turkey to finalize his deal.

Di Marzio speaks of “a loan deal with ‘forced’ option to buy”, a transfer tactic we’ve seen earlier this summer when Inter Milan ‘loaned’ Miranda from Atlético de Madrid on a 2-year loan deal with a ‘forced’ option to buy.

This is of course a method to circumvent UEFA’s Financial Fairplay settlement which both Internazionale and Beşiktaş are under.

Gianluca Di Marzio revealed no specifics, other Italian sources, like Tutto Mercato, are speaking of an € 8 million buyout clause after a two year loan period, while Gomez would sign a 3-year deal receiving around € 5 million per season.

However, it seems highly unlikely that Beşiktaş will be paying Gomez an annual wage of € 5 million when a transfer fee is involved, even if this fee isn’t due for another two years.

Reports claim that Mario Gomez will be in Istanbul tonight between 20:00 and 21:00 local time. If this is the case, we will more than likely see a KAP report during the course of the day (this almost has to happen for this story to be true). So if there’s no KAP by 17:00, I’d say this story is just another swerve. Let’s hope it’s not.


Note: Of course, we’ll have to wait and see untill the club issues an official statement. As it’s 01:22 in the morning when I’m writing this we’ll hopefully have more news in the morning, perhaps an actual KAP notification? That would be a nice way to wake up, wouldn’t it?

Still, we’ve sadly been reporting this deal to be “done” for over a week now, and I apologize to all our readers if you feel that you’ve been mislead. Of course, all we can do is report the news which we receive. At the end of the day, no source is 100% reliable and even people like Di Marzio get ‘used’ frequently enough by clubs ands agents to no knowledge of their own. Which is why you’ll frequently see even the most reliable of soruces in the media, report false stories. Unfortunately in the football world that’s the way the cookie crumbles. Let’s hope we get a satisfying ending to this transfer saga. Haydi, hayirli ugurlu olsun.

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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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