Fenerbahce president confirms deal for Milan defender is off for now; player willing to wait

By Oliver Fisher -

Fenerbahce’s deal to sign full-back Ricardo Rodriguez from AC Milan is in jeopardy due to Financial Fair Play restrictions, their president has confirmed.

Having been in competition with Eredivisie giants PSV Eindhoven, it appeared as though the blitz from Fenerbahce has been the decisive one as they have closed a deal with Milan. Our transfer expert Vito Angele – among other reliable sources – is reporting that the 27-year-old has chosen to move to Istanbul.

The basis of the deal will be a six-month loan with obligation to buy set at €5m, and Milan even rejected PSV’s superior office to satisfy the will of the former Wolfsburg man.

However, the deal is now under threat as Fenerbahce president Ali Koc has confirmed that the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) have made it clear they cannot sign players currently.

“As of today, we cannot buy any new players, the TFF told us this decision,” Koc told reporters.

“Obviously, we will immediately appeal. I hope and trust the arbitration process will be quick, because this is a matter of urgency.”

According to Sportitalia (via Football Italia), Rodriguez has his heart set on a move to Fenerbahce and will wait until they can sign him rather than join PSV.

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