Atlético directors Enrique Cerezo and Miguel Ángel Gil Marín found themselves very busy in Turkey on Friday, as they looked to take care of a number of business transactions in Istanbul.
While some may feel the notorious directing duo are seeking refuge ahead of Sunday’s planned protests against them led by Atléticos por el Cambio, reports in the Turkish media confirm they are, in fact, negotiating the sale of Diego Forlan to Besiktas, the purchase of Arda Turan from Galatasaray and a sponsorship deal for next season with Turkish Airlines.
According to Yahoo! Eurosport Spain, Cerezo told the “reputable” Turkish television channel NTV Spor that Atlético have made an official €12.5m offer for midfielder Arda Turan.
Galatasaray director Taner Askin has purportedly confirmed the bid for the 22-year-old and, apparently in favour of the potential move, said Turan “will no longer be productive at [Galatasaray]”.
The Istanbul-based side, just like Atleti, was eliminated from all cup competitions early this season. To make matters worse, it will not be qualifying for any European competitions next year as it currently sits 13th in the Süper Lig table, a rarity for the Turkish powerhouse.
Turan recently told Galatasaray’s president Adnan Polat, “President, let me go,” but he may have been asking the wrong person. Apparently, there’s a power struggle going on within the Lions’ front office and many directors are strongly against the meeting between Polat and Cerezo.
It is rumoured that Polat may be ousted sometime next month, when a meeting of the board will be held to decide his future.
Faruk Süren, a Galatasaray director opposed to the president, told the Turkish daily Milliyet: “Under normal conditions, I think the right thing to do would be to sell Arda. Arda should leave and develop his abilities. But Galatasaray should reserve a buy-back option so that he can return. This cannot be decided by the current leadership; we should wait until the results of the meeting on May 14th,” he said.
NTV Spor also claimed that Cerezo was in talks with Besiktas for Forlan, and that a deal for the Uruguayan could be agreed upon within the coming days, however, Besiktas have issued an official statement on their website denying those claims.
In the statement, Besiktas confirm that a meeting took place between their president Yildirim Demirören and Gil Marín this morning, but that there were no talks about Forlan. Rather, the club claims it was solely a meeting of “personal friendship” between the two directors.
Apart from his social activities, Gil Marín is very close to closing out a sponsorship agreement with Turkish Airlines, reports Mundo Deportivo. The airline currently sponsors Barcelona and Manchester United, among others clubs. If a contract is confirmed, the company will replace our current sponsor, KIA Motors, who will not be renewing their deal with Atlético for our next campaign.