Besiktas coach Ismail Kartal insists that Altay Bayindir’s proposed move to Premier League giants Manchester United is not a done deal with the Turkey international expected to be in training later today.
The Super Lig powerhouses are preparing for Thursday’s UEFA Conference League play-off against Dynamo Kiev. And, unless anything chances, Altay Bayindir will be taking his usual place between the sticks.
According to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, Bayindir underwent medical tests with Manchester United on Tuesday; the Red Devils determined to discover the extent of a recent back injury before triggering the £4.3 million release clause in the goalkeeper’s contract.
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In his pre-match press conference, however, head coach Ismail Kartal was keen to point out that Bayindir is not a Manchester United player yet.
“Altay Bayındır will be training tonight,” Kartal tells Aksam. “There is no definite transfer situation. When (the deal) is finalised, the club will tell you.”
Fenerbahce are reportedly set to bring in Croatia’s penalty-saving World Cup semi-finalist Dominik Livakovic as Bayindir’s replacement. Livakovic, interestingly, was also linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer.
Kartal would not be drawn on those reports either, however.
“It would not be right for me to say anything about Dominik Livakovic,” he adds. “It is under the control of the President and the board.”
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Labelled a ‘special person and a special personality’ by Fenerbahce president Ali Koc; Bayindir would act as United’s new ‘number two’ behind Andre Onana.
The 6ft 6ins glovesman will likely take the place of Dean Henderson. The former Nottingham Forest loanee is in talks over a move to Crystal Palace after a return to the City Ground appeared to hit the buffers.
United have also looked at Feyenoord’s Justin Bijlow, Benfica’s Odysseas Vlachodimos and Japan international Zion Suzuki. The latter rebuffed Erik ten Hag’s advances, however, in favour of more regular first-team football in Belgium.
Suzuki joined Sint-Truiden, and will be hoping to take a leaf out of Kaoru Mitoma’s playbook in his new Jupiler League home.