The figure of Arsen Zakharyan continues to be the most discussed in Russian football. On the eve, the Turkish media began to actively force the news that a move to Galatasaray was almost inevitable, but Russian journalists found out that the midfielder himself was not interested in moving to Istanbul. Even despite the falsifications that appeared about the comments supposedly made by him of a directly opposite character.
Today they write that Dynamo agreed to 13 million euros, and it all depends on the decision of the player himself. We continue to trust Arsene and we believe that the option with Galatasaray will not mean a step forward in his career for him. For example, yesterday they remembered which of the Russians in Turkey became theirs (spoiler, almost no one):
Today we go to the other side of the issue. A month ago, Zakharyan was seriously hoping for a possible move to Chelsea. That is, it will not be arrogant on his part at this time to plan a career in such a way that he can enter a top club as soon as possible. And in this sense, the Turkish championship is not an assistant for him. If only because the players of the Turkish Super League rarely try on the jerseys of the top clubs. It is significant, for example, that only three transfers from Turkey to Europe weighed more than 20 million euros.
Let’s take a look together at seven transfers from Turkey to the best European clubs in the last 10 years and make sure that it is very difficult to win an invitation from an elite giant here. Most of the second-magnitude teams arrive in Turkey, fighting for a place in the Serie A Champions League or (much less frequently) La Liga. Also, most of the players show up at Fenerbahce, not Galatasaray.
VEDAD MURIKI, from Fenerbahçe to Lazio
Age at transition: 26 years
Transfer fee: 20 million euros
Transfer date: September 15, 2020
Lazio statistics: 2+2 in 49 games
Current club: Majorca
Lazio is a strange club in general, because it has practically no selection department. The entire transfer policy is based on agreements, personal impressions and muddy schemes of sports director Igli Tara. Still. So this purchase should not surprise, because the Albanian paid for the arrival of a near compatriot to the team, a Kosovar with Albanian roots.
In principle, in Turkey, the giant (194 cm) really excelled in performance. So, for Rizespor in the 2018/19 season he scored 25 goals in 52 matches, and for Fenerbahce in the next season – 17 goals in 36 matches. Rizespor bought it for half a million euros, a year later they sold it 10 times more expensive, and Fener, in turn, almost four times more. That is to say, in that chain they were all soldiers, except Lazio. In Roma, for a year and a half, he failed to break through at the base and in the winter of 2022 he went on loan to Mallorca, who finally bought him.
KIM MIN JAE, Fenerbahce to Naples
Transition age: 24 years
Transfer fee: 18 million euros
Transfer date: July 27, 2022
Statistics in Napoli: 2+1 in 21 matches
Current club: Napoli
A rare prime example for Zakharyan. The Korean came to Istanbul from the Chinese “Beijing Guoan” in August 2021 for 3 million, and the following summer he was sold to Naples six times more expensive. Like Mouriki, Kim Min Jae is a grenadier, but his trip to Italy is a success. He immediately not only clinched a place in the heart of Napoli, destroying everyone and everything, but he became one of their stars. He is sure that in the summer Aurelio de Laurentiis will fight with proposals from England. They love such powerful defenders there.
ELIF ELMAS, from Fenerbahçe to Napoli
Age at transition: 19 years
Transfer fee: 16.2 million euros
Transfer date: July 24, 2019
Stats at Napoli: 17+9 in 155 games
Current club: Napoli
And again move to the top club of Fenerbahce. The Macedonian midfielder arrived in Istanbul at the age of 18 for 180,000, and two years later he was sold for 16.2 million. Canarians know how to find players in leagues that aren’t the most promoted and introduce them to Italians, right?
The question is whether this transfer was justified. I think for this amount, rather no than yes. Still, even though Elmas has been in Napoli for the fourth season, he still hasn’t made it out of the rotation zone. For example, in the penultimate season in Serie A, he appeared on the field 33 times, but in total he played only … 713 minutes. This is 21.6 minutes per game.
Since last season, the numbers have grown (about 40 minutes per game), but the Macedonian is still a long way from the title of defining player for Luciano Spalletti’s team. However, he is only 23 years old, so there is still a chance to catch up.
CENGIZ UNDER, from Basaksehir to Rome
Transitional age: 20 years
Transfer fee: 14.3 million euros
Transfer date: July 16, 2017
Roma statistics: 17+12 in 88 games
Current club: Marseille
Another talented young winger. He announced himself at the local Altynordu and at the age of 19 was invited to Istanbul Basaksehir for up to 4.8 million, but a year later he justified the investment three times and, like other players on our team, went to Italy. In general, in Rome, he had a good reputation, but he also did not break into the base and went on loan, first to Leicester, then to Marseille, who bought him. He today he is one of the important players of the Provençals, although this season he is much weaker than the previous one (2 + 5 in 32 games against 13 + 16 in 47 games).
MARCAO, from Galatasaray to Sevilla
Age at transition: 26 years
Transfer fee: €12 million
Transfer date: July 8, 2022
Statistics in Seville: 7 matches
Current club: Sevilla
Form failure. One of the mainstays of Galatasaray’s defense went to the seemingly successful Sevilla just before their worst season in years. In addition, due to two injuries, he himself missed almost the entire last part of the current season and will only recover in April.
SIMON KJAER, from Fenerbahçe to Sevilla
Age at transition: 28 years
Transfer fee: 12.5 million euros
Transfer date: July 31, 2017
Statistics in Milan: 3+1 in 64 games
Current club: AC Milan
The story is similar to the previous ones: he quickly became a star at Fenerbahce and brought the Turks a decent amount for his transfer, but did not meet the expectations of the next buyer. At Sevilla he spent two seasons that were not very even, after which he went on loan to Atalanta and Milan, where he finally settled. Last year he won the Scudetto, but he only spent 11 games in Serie A, and this year, together with the team, he is giving his all on all fronts.
JOSÉ SOSA, from Besiktas to AC Milan
Age at transition: 31
Transfer fee: 7.5 million euros
Transfer date: August 17, 2016
Statistics in Milan: 0+3 in 19 games
Current club: Students
Istanbul Classics – in the summer of 2015 they were bought from Metalist for 2 million, a year later they were sold to Milan for 7.5 million, but the Argentine did not play in Italy – he wandered on lease, visited Trabzonspor and Fenerbahce and last summer he returned to his homeland in Argentina. It is also worth considering that even in the Turkish championship there was already a player about whom the scouts had very specific ideas, since he managed to shine in Bayern, Napoli and Atlético and in general exceeded the 30-year mark.