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Lower My Transfer Fee, Emenike Begs Fenerbahce

Oladipo Okubanjo

Emmanuel Emenike’s resolve to quit Fenerbahce for another club at the end of the season appeared to have taken a desperate dimension as the striker has reportedly appealed to the management of the Turkish club to lower the asking price placed on him.

Emenike, who joined Fenerbahce from Russian club Spartak Moscow in 2013, has suffered a serious dipin- form in the outgoing season, a development that has seem him fallen in the pecking order and has a paltry five goals to his credit in all competitions.

Lack of ample playing time and rows with teammates and fans at different times had prompted the striker to demand for a transfer, and even though some clubs have made enquiries, Fenerbahce insist only an offer not less than 15 million euros (N3.2 billion) would make them enter into any discussion about Emenike.

Interested clubs, it was learnt, were not ready to pay even as much as 10 million euros (N2.1 billion) “because Emenike’s market value has fallen considerably”.

“The management is adamant at selling me for 10million euros but no club is ready to pay that,” Emenike was quoted to have told some close friends. Emenike, who has been linked with moves to some English clubs, especially Tottenham Hotspur, and teams in the Arabian Peninsula.

In particular, it was stated that a club in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), had made a serious offer, however, it was learnt that this proposal remained well below expectations. Fenerbahce, sources revealed, are currently considering two options in a bid to solve the Emenike problem.

First, the club is toying with the idea of reducing the transfer fee for the 28-year-old since they have resolved not to keep him for the next season and would want to avert a situation whereby a disenchanted player sullies team spirit. The other option is to loan out Emenike to another club for a season.

Fenerbahce was said to have adopted a similar option in the case of Miroslav Stoch, who was sent on loan to Al Ain in the UAE, where he regained his form and returned wear the yellow-blue jersey.

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