Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Ankaragucu transfer update!


Before we look at the latest transfer news, we have a couple of updates from the last couple of weeks. Ankaragucu have appointed Fuat Kapa as the teams new Manager after a successful spell keeping Kasimpasa in the Super Lig last season. He brings with him former Belgian International Luc Nillis with him as his assistant. His appointment has been received positively by the Ankaragucu fans who see him as the right man to take the club forward and also play an attractive style of football. 

The club have this week announced that the new kits will be released on Thursday and will go on sale shortly after. Nike will be the kit maker again and 3 new strips are expected to be released with the club also going back to its traditional Yellow and Navy colors.

So onto the transfer news next. Firstly we take a look at the players who have left the club.Konrad Mikhalak announced yesterday that he has signed with Caykur Rizespor after Ankaragucu failed to take up the option to make his move permanent. Gerson Rodrigues wont be back either after Fuat Capa stated that he did some good things for himself on his loan spell but not the team. Ankaragucu are looking to bring in players who will fight for the jersey and not individuals who only care about themselves. 

Mehmet Sak has signed with Hekimoglu Trabzon on a free transfer after 3 years with the club. Youngster Ahmet Can Arik who was with the club since 10 years old signed with 68 Aksaray while Alihan and Aydin are on their way to Altay. Dever Orgill completed his free transfer to Antalyaspor on a 2 year contract. Ricardo Faty also announced his departure from the club and looks set to move to a lower league Italian side.

So far the club have failed to renew the contracts of Gelmin Rivas, Nduka Ozokwu, Sedat Agcay, Mahmut Akan, Enes Kubat and Oscar Scarione.

Now onto the players coming in. Everything still depends on removing the transfer ban with Fatih Mert announcing this morning they are waiting to hear back to get the go ahead to start signing players after discussions with Alessio Cerci, Thomas Heartaux and Lukasz Szukala who are the 3 players owed their salary.

All going well Ankaragucu have reportedly agreed transfers with numerous players pending the removal of the Transfer ban. Some of these names were seen on Fatih Mert Instagram post last night, which he deleted soon after. We take a look at the players names linked and await the news becoming official.

Andrei Ciobanu - Romanian midfielder who has represented the National team at every level apart from Senior. The 22 year old currently plays for Viltorul in the Romanian Premier League. 

Harry Arter - This would be a massive coup for Ankaragucu if they sign the Bournemouth midfielder and Rep Ireland International. The 30 year old has fell out of favor at Bournemouth and has had a few loan spells of late including newly promoted Fulham. Plays a more defensive role in midfield and has a great attitude and work rate. 

Luka Adzic - After a promising start to his career in Serbia and winning a move to Anderlecht, his career seems to have stalled of late. A loan spell at Emmen last season saw him only play 5 games and the 21 year old winger will be looking to kick start his career again in Turkey. 

Philip Zinkernagel - This would be another excellent signing for Ankaragucu. The Danish Winger has been in excellent form for Bodo Glimt in Norway. Excellent goal scoring record for a Winger and at 25 years old is in his prime. 

Joseph Paintsil - Very highly rated 22 year old playing in Belgium for Genk. Can play on either wing and would be a surprise signing if Ankaragucu can pull this one off. 

Yevgen Shakov - Tall Ukranian midfielder currently playing with Lecce in Italy. I watched him a few times last season and he has good technique and is a big lad. Looks like he would do well in Turkey. Not the quickest but can pick a pass and shoot from distance. 

Kevin Bua - Midfielder available on a free transfer after leaving Basel where he had a successful 4 years at the club. Only 27 years old so still in his prime and comes with excellent experience. 

Michael Krmencik - Czech Republic International who currently plays with Club Brugge. Had a very successful career in Czech Republic with Viktoria Plzen and at 6ft 3 will remind Ankaragucu fans of former favorite Robert Vittek. This would be an excellent signing for the club.

Nelson Monte - Defender who has spent his full career with Rio Ave in Portugal. Can play Right Back and Center Half.

Tiago Illori - Former Liverpool defender who also plays in Portugal with Sporting Lisbon. Born in England, the 27 year old plays at Center back. 

Denis Alibec - Plays his football for Astra in Romania. Very skillful with fantastic technique. At 29 years old brings a lot of experience with him. Ankaragucu face competition from Gaziantep and Samsunspor for his signature. 

Sinisa Sanicanin - 6ft 3 Center back from Bosnia who has been playing his football in Serbia with Vojvodina. 

Jaka Bijol - Talented youngster who plays in midfield for CSKA Moscow. More of an attacking midfielder who also plays for the Slovenian national team and is 21 years old. 

Zvonimir Sarlija - Fuat Capa had him on loan from CSKA Moscow last season and will look to bring the 23 year old Center back to Ankaragucu too.

Joher Rassoul - Senegelese Center back who formerly played with Anderlecht and Adana Demirspor but has been without a club for the last year. 

Erdi Dikmen - Young Center back who has impressed with Keciorengucu and has been watched on numerous occasions by Ankaragucu. It looks like Kecioren will allow him to make the move this summer.

Cekdar Orhan - Former Galatasaray youngster who now plays for Akhisar. The 22 year old plays as an attacking midfielder.

Taskin Calis - Has impressed in the lower leagues with Menemen and has now been linked with a move to Ankaragucu. The 27 year old attacking midfielder has spent most of his career in Germany and Turkish Lower leagues. 

Atakan Cankaya - Turkish youth international who has agreed a move from Osmanlispor. Tall physical midfielder who has a great attitude and work rate. Its good to see Ankaragucu signing young Turkish talent too. 

Taylan Antalyali - Was fantastic at Erzerumspor before winning his big move to Galatasaray which hasn't worked out. Midfielder who is a leader on the park, good passer of the ball and technique and will also work hard for the team. 

The players above have all been linked with a move to the club. We just need to wait and see which ones go through once the ban is lifter. Mustafa Amini who plays for Arhaus in Denmark claims the club offered him a contract 2 weeks ago worth 650,000 Euros per year only to cancel it 10 days later. This has been reported in Australia, UK, Turkey and all across Europe which doesnt sit well for the reputation of the club if its true. 


  1. Anonymous12:44 am

    You have raised 15 foreign players expected to move to the club.There is 8 foreign players contracted.As thara is a limit of 14 for the foreign players in Turkey there is also the possibility of contract termination for some of the contracted players such as Kulusic, Milos, Pinto, Pazdan,..Next 10 days will be interesting incase the transfer ban lifted.Volkan

  2. Hi Volkan

    I think we will only sign half of those players at most. As you say we just need to wait and see what happens once the ban is lifted. Some rumours today that agreements have been made with Cerci, Heurtaux and Szukala and an announcement will be made in the next couple of days.

  3. Thanks for the in-depth update Nadeem.

    I must apologise for my negativity, because we have been down this road too many times before and I'm totally blase about the promises coming out of management.

    When the transfer ban is finally lifted then I'll be the first to cheer and cheer loudest !!!

    In the meantime, I cast my glance upwards in the hope of divine intervention !!!

  4. Anonymous12:44 pm

    Nady it is expected that the club will announce both transfers & new jerseys on 27.08.20. But I am still sceptical for the leaked names as the club's Financial limit is below 8M € .Unless we sell some of the valuable players such as Pinto , Kitsiou & Pazdan it seems those transfers are not possible ? Volkan

  5. Thats understandable Jim, After all this is Ankaragucu and we are used to being let down.

    I agree Volkan, some of these names seem way out of our reach. We will see what tomorrow brings. Im looking forward to seeing the new kits.