Istanbul (AFP) – Turkish champions Besiktas on Friday announced the signing of Brazilian full-back Adriano Correia from Barcelona in a three-year deal for a transfer fee of 600,000 euros ($670,000).
Adriano had enjoyed six full seasons at Barcelona and his signing by Besiktas marks a major boost to their campaign for the Champions League in the coming season where they have Turkey’s sole automatic spot.
The player will have a starting salary of 2.35 million euros ($2.63 million) in Istanbul plus bonuses, the club said in an announcement to the stock market.
Adriano also has 17 appearances for the Brazilian national team under his belt.
“I am very happy to put on the Besiktas strip. Istanbul is very beautiful. I will have no difficulty adapting here,” the club quoted Adriano as saying.
“I will represent Besiktas in the best way in the league and Europe. We are going to be even better than last season.”
His signing is a boost not just to Besiktas but for Turkish football in general after last season’s top scorer, German striker Mario Gomez, announced he was leaving the club due to political uncertainty in the wake of the failed coup.
Beskitas now have their sights on signing Cameroon star Samuel Eto’o from Antalyaspor to replace Gomez in front of goal, Turkish media reports have said.
25+ Channels With Sports & News
- Starting price: $33/mo. for fubo Latino Package
- Watch Premier League, Liga MX, MLS & World Cup
- Includes ESPN, FOX, Univision, TUDN and more
Favorite Leagues At The Best Price
- Starting price: $7.99/mo. for Live TV Package
- Watch Argentine league, Brasileirāo and Copa Libertadores
- Includes beIN SPORTS, GolTV, TyC Sports and more
Many Sports & ESPN Originals
- Price: $6.99/mo. (or get ESPN+, Hulu & Disney+ for $13.99/mo.)
- Features LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS, Copa del Rey & more
- Also includes daily ESPN FC news & highlights show
Live TV, Soccer & Originals
- Starting price: $4.99/mo.
- Features Champions League, Serie A, Europa League & more
- Includes CBS, Star Trek & CBS Sports HQ
175 Premier League Games & PL TV
- Starting price: $4.99/mo. for Peacock Premium
- Watch 175 exclusive EPL games per season
- Includes Premier League TV channel plus movies, TV shows & more
Get All 3 And Save 30%
- $13.99/mo. for ESPN+, Disney+ & Hulu
- Includes Bundesliga, LaLiga, NHL & the home to UFC
- Features Marvel, Star Wars + shows & movies for your entire family