West Bromwich Albion could be set to exploit the current financial crisis at Besiktas and sign veteran centre-back Domagoj Vida for free this summer.

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It seems as if the COVID-19 pandemic has struck Turkish sides heavily over the past few months as clubs are struggling to juggle debts and even pay their players’ wages.

This was one of the factors that gave the Baggies early hope with Fenerbahce striker Vedat Muriqi, but it would appear that their financial situation is not as dire as their rivals Besiktas, who face a player exodus if they can’t cover their debts quickly.

Just recently their main striker, Burak Yilmaz, left the club to join Ligue 1 side Lille after the Black and Whites failed to pay his wages following the coronavirus outbreak.

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In diplomatic fashion, Yilmaz claimed that the “financial issues were not effective” and that he “did not think of money and wanted to evaluate such a proposal [offer from Lille] in the last period of my career”, but the chances are that going without pay for several months was the primary impetus for his exit.

Another player who has parted ways with Besiktas is Victor Ruiz, who rejected the club’s offer of a discount in wages and instead warned the Black and Whites that he would leave if he was not paid what he was owed.

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True to his word, Victor Ruiz left Turkey to return to his home country, Spain, because he hadn’t been paid his usual wages since May, simply because the club could not afford to.

And now the situation could work in West Brom’s favour because their shortlisted transfer target, Domagoj Vida, has not been paid as of late, either.

As a result, he could choose to leave the club this summer; or a side interested in buying him could offer a laughably low fee and still Besiktas would be forced to accept in order to get him off of the wage bill and alleviate some of the financial pressure on the club.

This makes matters very interesting for the Baggies. Fanatik reported earlier today that West Brom could offer £5m for the 31-year-old defender, but now, with the news about Besiktas struggling to pay their players, he could join the Albion for absolutely nothing!


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