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  06/09/2013: The Yilmaz saga
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I did not ask for Yilmaz. He was offered to me. It happened in mid-August, an intermediary came to my home at Cortina d`Amprezzo. He told me: “Yilmaz wants to leave Galatasaray and he is available for a move to Lazio”. We chased him a year ago, he is a good player and whom Petkovic and also Tare like a lot. I was told “Do you want to swap him with Hernanes?”. I immediately cleared the issue telling that the Brazilian is not going anywhere but they insisted. “Yilmaz wants Lazio”. I told them my conditions. I told him that I could guarantee a salary of 2,5 million euros plus bonuses. If you are ok with this, we can proceed. Otherwise, we let it go. And they separated on 15 August."
And then the Turkish ambassador and Galatasaray's Director of Sport appeared at my office on 28 August and told me “Give us 15 million Euros..." We tried to include Kozak in the deal but then we only moved with money."

“I had a deal with the Galatasaray President, you can ask him. The deal was 13 million cash in one installment + 2 million in bonuses. Everything was settled, I was certain I would close the deal and then... and then I receive a mail from Esegel who asks for 2 million euros..." - that was extortionate.

“In the world of football there are agents who are serious men, but then there are others who rob you. This is a fault of a system which needs changes. I am fighting to tackle the rules in Lega Calcio. I have telephoned Platini. UEFA and FIFA must react. Recall what happened with Felipe Anderson. But there will be a suit against Egesel. We will talk about this.”

Lotito confirmed that Lazio were also monitoring Fabio Borini, but eventually went for Fabio Quagliarella:

"I had closed a deal with Juventus for 6 million Euros. Quagliarella preferred to join Lazio as he would have more playing time. Sabatini ruined the deal - I called on the phone. He did not let Borriello move to Genoa and then Gilardino's move to Juventus also fell through."

Valerio Antonini, who acted as an intermediary in the deal confirmed Claudio Lotito's claims when interviewed on LazioStyle Radio.

"Galatasaray's Director of Sport wanted to sell Burak because there were issues in the dressing room and because Fatih Terim [Galatasaray manager] wanted to play with only one striker [with Didier Drogba favoured]. On Saturday I went to Istanbul where I met first the player himself and then the club officials. The next day the player and his agent and club officials met." 

"Lazio promised Gatasaray bonuses in case of qualification for Champions League and a salary of 2,2 million Euros to the player for a five year contract + bonuses related to the player's performance. Burak was enthusiastic for joining Lazio and the only issue was the commission asked by his agent who was asking two million Euros for the transfer. Galatasaray officials proved to be serious people and Lazio did all they could to do the transfer and it is a shame."

The agent in question, Ali Egesel, has also given his side of the story:

"Initially Galatasaray asked for 20 million euros but then the price started to be negotiated. I did not ask for money. Galatasaray asked for 11 + 4 million euros in the end, while Lazio offered only 9,5 plus bonuses. This shows that the Lazio management were not serious in pursuing the deal."

(translations provided by Amir on the LazioFever Forum)

Author: C
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