Roman Abramovich is set to buy a Turkish football team; Goztepe, after putting Chelsea up for sale following sanctions on him by the UK government.
Founded in 1925, Goztepe play at the 20,040 capacity Gursel Aksel Stadium and played in the third division as recently as 2009
Although they are known for having a large fanbase, Goztepe haven’t won the first division since 1950 or the Turkish Cup since 1970.
Not only have they struggled of late, but Goztepe are in serious danger of relegation into the second tier – sitting eight points from safety with eight games remaining.
Even though the Chelsea takeover has not yet been completed, negotiations between outgoing Goztepe president Mehmet Sepil and Abramovich’s representatives is reported to have already begun.
Sepil recently announced that he would be leaving his role as president but would keep hold of duties until a replacement was found.
They say that Super Lig outfit had their eyes turned towards the former Chelsea chief due to recent developments, and that market assessments have been made by both parties
Abramovich, an intermediary businessman, Sepil and club executives are said to be planning a face-to-face meeting for the coming days, with Sepil holding the majority of club shares.
Although Abramovich wasn’t likely to step away from football for good following his Chelsea departure, Goztepe wasn’t the most obvious destination.