Zakharyan refused “Galatasaray” – “for personal reasons.” Wants to Europe, but not to Turkey
A new transfer episode in the series about Arsen Zakharyan is a variant with the Turkish Galatasaray. There was no big story.
Zakharyan really could go to Galatasaray?
The plot developed rapidly.
On February 14, the Turkish edition of Fotomac reported on the interest of the Turkish club in Zakharyan. “Championship” added: “Galatasaray” and “Dynamo” contacted about the transition, but the player refused to negotiate.
A week later, insider Nicolo Schira published an insider that Galatasaray was close to signing Zakharyan for 13 million euros for a contract until 2027 with a salary of 1.9 million.
Here Arsen himself conveyed through the “Championship”:“I don’t consider the option of continuing my career at Galatasaray for personal reasons”.
Galatasaray is now leading the Turkish league – nine points ahead of Fenerbahce with an extra match. The team has a powerful streak of 15 wins in a row in all competitions – a club record. There are enough bright names in the team: Fernando Muslera, Juan Mata, Lucas Torreira, Dries Mertens, Mauro Icardi.
In Turkey, the transfer window is open until March 5 – it is logical that rumors still arise. True, the championship there is on pause because of the devastating earthquake. The tournament will resume no earlier than February 25.
What does Zakharyan have with the contract? And with the desire to leave at all?
You definitely remember the saga in August-September: Arsene was very close to Chelsea, the contract was agreed, the terms of the transfer suited everyone – but the English club simply could not pay the Russian one.
According to SE, at least four clubs from Europe wanted to buy Zakharyan in the winter – Mallorca, Celta, Porto and Ferencvaros. Everyone was ready to pay the necessary 15 million euros, but offered different payment schemes. An important detail: this amount of release is valid for Spain and Portugal (and, obviously, other top leagues). In the summer of 2023, the option will be more expensive – 25 million for the strongest leagues in Europe.
Zakharyan has a contract with Dynamo until the summer of 2024.
Arsene wants to go to Europe, he has repeatedly confirmed both this and his interest in himself.
• In September 2021, Zakharyan said that he did not go to Brugge: “I wanted to stay at Dynamo, and it’s good that it happened.”
• Three months later, he told Sport24 that he would like to try himself in La Liga.
• In May 2022, for RB Sport, he developed the idea of wanting to play in Europe: “Yes, I want to. Morally, I’m ready for this, but physically I’m still trying to catch up, I’m trying to gain muscle mass in order to be ready for this. ”
• He spoke about Chelsea in the Commentary Show: “I immediately said that I wanted to and I would go. And there already how it will be. Did not rule out the option that there will be a lease. But at least I’ll try myself. Maybe you can play right away. I was happy, I was very worried whether it would work or not. I scrolled in my head how everything would be there if I went.
So far, Zakharyan has the second part of the season at Dynamo ahead of him, starting with three games in a row against Krylia (two cup games, one more in the RPL). His team is six points away from the top three, in fourth place.
Zakharyan is hardly satisfied with only two goals in the summer-autumn in the RPL, five assists look better – but also not ideal. We will see Arsene on the field in the official match on Thursday in Samara.