It will be nice for the Jeremain Lens transfer saga to be out of the way, and reports coming from Turkey certainly suggest that’s about to be the case.
After earlier claims in Turkey that Sunderland would be loaning Lens to Besiktas, who would then have the option to make the deal permanent next summer, there’s been another dramatic change.
Miliyet and others in Turkey are reporting on Thursday afternoon that an agreement over a permanent deal has been reached by Sunderland and Besiktas, which will certainly be preferable to the alternative loan option.
It’s stated Besiktas will pay Sunderland €5m for the Dutchman, and he’ll be moving back to Turkey, where he excelled on loan last season with Fenerbahce, on a five year contract.
Lens will be earning €2.2m per season, according to the latest Turkish reports.
Besiktas have been busy this summer and on Wednesday confirmed the signing of Alvaro Negredo from Valencia.