There is yet another twist in the transfer fiasco regarding Kevin Großkreutz’s move to Galatasaray SK. FIFA have identified the deal to be invalid. Though it is not the case that the transfer deadline was missed, relevant documents submitted from Galatasaray to FIFA’s online transfer system “TMS” were lacking valid signatures.
A mishap that cost Ugur Yildiz, the assistant of Galatasaray’s sporting director, his job and puts Großkreutz into jeopardy. After fleeing the club to play regular first team football again, the former Dortmund player won’t be eligible to play for Galatasaray before January after having already signed a three-year deal with the Turkish football club.
Kevin Großkreutz has released a statement on Instagram, saying that he will move to Istanbul regardless and train until January.
FIFA did NOT authorize my playing permit. Despite that I will move to Istanbul in the coming weeks to accustom myself with my new surroundings. I will now sadly only be able to prove myself in “training” until January.
(Source: Kevin Großkreutz)
Borussia Dortmund are stating on their website that Kevin Großkreutz will transfer to Galatasaray effective immediately, following the player’s wish to go through with the transfer despite the malaise. With that BVB’s summer transfer business is finally concluded.