On Tuesday evening Turkish giants Galatsaray announced Großkreutz as a new player – with a catch.
The announcement, as is customary for the market-listed clubs in Turkey, contained all the details fans would love to know for every move on the transfer market.
The fee for Großkreutz is a modest € 1,5 million, with BVB earning a bonus of € 250.000 if Galatasaray reach the Champions League after this season. Großkreutz himself will earn € 1,85 million this year and € 1,5 million the other two years of his three-year contract, plus € 20.000 for every match he plays in.
Galatasaray also included their new acquisition in their squad for the upcoming Champions League group stage, indicating a certain optimism about the deal going through.
At the end of the club’s announcement, which is only available in Turkish on their website at the moment, lies the catch: the whole deal is still subject to FIFA review.
While both clubs are adamant they’ve fulfilled the requirements of FIFA’s online transfer system TMS in time, technical difficulties apparently made the completion of the deal come in 48 seconds too late.
It is understood by German media that the deal is likely to go through as announced, since both clubs seemingly can prove through timestamps in their documentation that they beat the clock, but the fact FIFA has to decide on the matter still casts a shadow of doubt over the deal.
The world football’s governing body might be reluctant to set a precedent for clubs to point to when a transfer is completed only after the deadline. With the situation surrounding the transfer of Manchester United’s David de Gea to Real Madrid being a major talking point around the world of football, clubs will certainly take a close look at the decision FIFA will ultimately take in the Großkreutz saga.
The 27-year-old World Cup winner himself, meanwhile, has returned to Dortmund, presumably to make arrangements for his permanent move to Europe’s largest city. As he awaits FIFA’s verdict, he was spotted at BVB’s training complex.
Since there’s no timetable, at least to public knowledge, he should take his time saying goodbye to his childhood dream club. This might take a while.