Friday, July 13, 2007

Fenerbahce Issues Candid Statement Regarding Appiah

Fenerbahce Issues Candid Statement Regarding Appiah
By Nathan L. Redd
Fenerbahce issued a statement on their website Friday regarding the transfer rumors of star Stephen Appiah. In the statement, the club said the Appiah events unfolded first via a call from Schalke 04 head Andreas Müller, who Fener says called the club to discuss a transfer of Appiah. Fenerbahce replied that they only consider the written offerings for their players.
Fenerbahce states that Schalke 04 made their offer in a written form, offering to pay 4 Million Euros as transfer fee. Fener then informed Schalke 04 that they were interested in transferring Kevin Kuranyi and Halil Altintop. From there, Müller replied that they are not planning to sell Kuranyi and demanded 27 Million Euros as his transfer fee. Fenerbahce countered by saying Appiah is worth as much as Kuranyi. Therefore, Fenerbahce did not make an offer for Kuranyi.
The statement was refreshingly candid and rare for an organization to address rumors so honestly. Fenerbahce did stop short of saying a deal for Appiah would not happen. Appiah's comments to the Ghana Football Association, however, have hit worldwide media and paints him as a very unhappy player going into camp. If Appiah is on the move, expect a deal to happen in the next few days to secure lineups before the season starts.


Blogger Emre Kizilkaya said...

Even if Schalke accepts, Kuranyi-Appiah swap is not ideal for Fenerbahce. Fenerbahce has got enough goal scorers, but it falls short of having aggressive defensive midfielders.

1:07 PM  
Blogger Nathan L. Redd said...

I'm still a little concerned about our scoring, but I think I'm just eager to see the new transfers before I can feel too comfortable. I'd like to have one more guy up front to help Kezman.

10:31 AM  

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