This weekend saw the Premier League’s Turkish exodus gather in pace, with Lukas Podolski and Nani’s respective departures from Arsenal and Manchester United to the Super Lig sparking ample furore around the Gateway to Asia.
Fans of Galatasaray and Fenerbahce will be venting their vexations with the pair’s shared lack of work ethic punctuated with the occasional spark of brilliance from next season onwards, but will any other Premier League outcasts follow their lead and head to Turkey?
Here are some more players whose age, prestige and value render them cherry ripe for scouting delegates from the land of the Fez.
The titanic Togolese isn’t averse to turning down a big pay day and there’ll be plenty of Turkish suitors willing to take a former Arsenal, Real Madrid and Tottenham striker.
Adebayor’s hopes of reclaiming his place in the Spurs team are frail at best; his countless attitude-based misdemeanours will block any paths to the elite clubs of the continent, while his sizeable pay packet will stand in the way of a move to a lesser-lauded Premier League club.
For a club looking at high-profile, shirt-selling sources of goals, as Beskitas are having recently lost Demba Ba, the 31-year-old must be viewed as an ideal acquisition.
Everton’s enigmatic wide man has an extensively documented yearning to play Champions League football again, while his reluctance to ink a new deal at Goodison Park indicates an interest at earning more dead presidents than what the Toffees’ notoriously tight budget is willing to stretch to.
A Belgium international who is one shy of 50 caps, Mirallas boasts sufficient gravitas to enthral the legions of fans at one of the Super Lig heavyweights, who are near-guaranteed a seat at Europe’s top table on an annual basis given their dominance of the division.
After spending seven seasons as one of the Premier League’s most consistent right-backs with Arsenal, Sagna suffered a fall from grace at the hands of another acclaimed top-flight number two upon his move to Manchester City.
Unable to oust Pablo Zabaleta from the Citizens side, Sagna doesn’t appear to have much of a future at the Etihad with the Argentine almost certain to survive any potential cull the club’s transfer gurus are planning.
At 32, he’ll soon be too old to command a regular full-back berth at an elite top-tier outfit, though remains more than capable of making an impression in Turkey.