Premier League duo Newcastle United and Leeds have their sights set on a “world-class goalkeeper” in Trabzonspor captain Ugurcan Cakir, says former Turkey international Ali Kemal Denizci Radyospor.
Loyal to the end, Cakir would never leave the city of Trabzon before giving those long-suffering supporters something to remember.
And as thousands and thousands of adoring fans took to the city streets, a sea of smiling faces toasting Trabzonspor’s first Super Lig title since 1984, Cakir can consider his mission accomplished.
Leeds and Newcastle United intend to sign Ugurcan Cakir
“I’ve made a lot of sacrifices since I started playing for Trabzonspor,” said Cakir, who saved a penalty in the game that secured the Black Sea side their place in Turkish football history.
“(Now) if a suitable offer comes along for me, I want to go. I have now won three trophies at Trabzonspor. You won’t be mad at me if I go. If there’s a reasonable offer, I want to go.
“There have been offers before, but I’ve always been in the thick of it (fighting for a title). I have made many sacrifices. The club knows. If there is a reasonable offer, I want to drive this season.”
Corresponding fanaticismNewcastle and Leeds have both approached Cakir’s camp. His brother and agent confirmed last month there is indeed interest from the Premier League, although he insists Leeds have yet to match their interest with a serious offer for one of the game’s most underrated goalkeepers.
Well some would say underrated. Others, like former Trabzonspor hero Denizci, would even go so far as to call cakir not only one of the best in Turkey but also one of the best in the world.
“In my opinion, Ugurcan is a world-class goalkeeper,” says Denizci via fanaticism. “Trabzonspor management will not accept ordinary offers for him.
“The market value of Ugurcan cakir is no less than $50 million (£40 million). English clubs are being talked about. I don’t know (if he goes to the Premier League).
“But an ordinary offer cannot be accepted. If Ugurcan goes to Europe in a team, believe me there will be an offer of $50 million.”
A “world class” goalkeeper?
Of course, Leeds are in no position to shell out £40m for a new goalkeeper, especially when Jesse Marsch fails to survive on the last day of a trying season. Much will also depend on Illan Meslier’s future at Elland Road.
In contrast, Newcastle’s nouveau riche are drowning in cash these days with a new number one tipped to be one of the targets on Eddie Howe’s summer hit list.
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