In a situation reminiscent of a slow-moving train wreck, Caner Erkin’s time at Inter has come to a close after less than 3 months at the club. He was a player that Roberto Mancini identified to strengthen the fullback position and once the Italian manager left, Erkin’s chances of playing for Inter left as well. Frank De Boer arrived and promptly decided that he wanted nothing to do with the Turkish international, and a deal was made to send him back to Turkey, but this time joining Besiktas rather than his former club Fenerbache.
The 27 year old leaves on a one year loan with an option to purchase. Besiktas originally wanted to sign him for free like Inter did but the Milanese club wanted a small transfer fee of €1.5m. They compromised on this loan deal and if Besiktas does sign him afterwards it is believed that they will pay Inter €2m.
Erkin didn’t impress in the preseason tour (though nobody really shined over the summer) and he never got a chance to show what he was capable of in Serie A. Let’s hope he has a successful loan spell in Turkey and shows the form that made people think he was the best fullback in Turkey. If he returns after the loan spell confident and able to play in a way more adaptable to De Boer’s tactics then that’s great. If he gets sold, at least we’ll have this: