'Mbappe went for €180m' – Newcastle dealt blow in reported pursuit of prolific 26-year-old
By Guy Giles
Newcastle have been handed a setback in their reported pursuit of Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun, with the Turkish club’s owner suggesting that any suitors will have to pay well over the touted £17.5million asking price.
The Magpies have been linked with the Turkish international since the summer but a deal failed to materialise, and Tosun’s red-hot form this season means that any January deal will surely involve a hefty fee.
Tosun, 26, has bagged nine goals in 14 appearances across all competitions so far, including four in four Champions League appearances to leave Besiktas on the brink of qualification to the knockout stages.
Now, Besiktas owner Fikret Orman has spoken out about his star striker and the rumours surrounding him.
Speaking to NTV Sport, as quoted by Chronicle Live on their live blog (09:18), Orman said: “There’s no figure for him. These players are like my children – I have an interest in their careers. They aren’t machines.”
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Orman’s comments suggest that Newcastle, or any other interested club, may have a tough time prising away Besiktas’s star asset in January.
The Chronicle blog also reports that Newcastle were strongly linked in with Tosun in the summer and a January move.
Orman also made some interesting comments on his hopes for Turkish football: “Mbappe went for €180m, [Naby] Keita for €70 or €80m, so placing a higher value than €20m on Tosun is not crazy.
“If Mbappe had played for Besiktas, would PSG have paid that amount? We need to raise the brand value of Turkish football.”
Football Insider verdict:
Tosun has been making waves in the Champions League this season, leading his Besiktas team to the brink of qualification for the knockout rounds. His goalscoring form was always going to mean a rise in value for the Turkish international, but Orman’s comments would seem to suggest that this increase may be more substantial than first thought. Whether the price is now too high for Newcastle to make a move is not known, but it must also be considered that Tosun may not want to leave Besiktas in January. The striker has done all the hard work in taking Besiktas to the top of their group, and it is unlikely he will give up the opportunity to progress further in the competition if they do qualify. A move next summer therefore seems much more likely.
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