Besiktas, a Turkish team, has stated that they got €2.825 million in compensation after agreeing to end Burnley’s loan of Wout Weghorst.
When Manchester United contacted the Dutchman, he was out on loan in Turkey for the entire season. The Red Devils eventually reached an agreement to bring Weghorst to Old Trafford to complete the remaining six months of his loan.
Burnley were pleased to send Weghorst to United, as a from 90min claimed earlier this month, but they made it clear to the Red Devils that they would be liable for paying Besiktas’ compensation since they had the option to make the striker their own and had to consent to his contract being terminated early.
Confirming his departure, Besiktas revealed: “Due to the early termination of the contract by Burnley, a termination fee of €2.825m will be paid to our Company.”
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Despite not having the option to make the arrangement permanent at the end of the current campaign, United is paying Weghorst’s salaries for the balance of his loan agreement.
Following Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure earlier in the winter, manager Erik ten Hag was eager to bring in a new striker, and he expressed his happiness at completing a deal for Weghorst.
“He is a striker and we had an open position there to fill in,” Ten Hag told club media. “I think in the balance of the offensive [players], he really fits in. I am really happy and I don’t think we had the type what he is.
“Most importantly, he can score goals from everywhere and he was always a surprise at every club in every league. That is also what I expect here. For here, I expect a team player and someone who can link up, a player who will do his defending work and we are really happy to sign him.”