The summer transfer window in Turkish Super Lig for the 2022/23 season has involved more star players and less veterans joining the Turkish sides.
Turkish Super Lig has always been well-known for the place for old stars passing their peak form. They normally attempt to regain their form in a less intense and competitive league but still within European continent so that they can still compete in UEFA’s competitions. The likes of George Hagi, Taffarel in early 2000s, Wesley Sneijder and Didier Drogba in early 2010s or Ricardo Quaresma and Robinho in late 2010 plus Mesut Ozil last season have been the solid proof of how Turkish top flight is more suitable for the outcasts and veterans.
Such fact might remain the same today but something has also changed recently. More players in their peak years have decided to switch sides to the league in the nation geographically located at the border of Europe and Asia, either permanently or simply on loan.
The giant club who has won the most league titles, Galatasaray, remains the dominant one in the current transfer window. They have secured the deals of Swiss international forward Haris Seferovic, the former Roma loanee last season Sergio Olivera, Leo Dubois from Lyon and most recently Arsenal’s Lucas Torreira along with the veteran versatile winger, Dries Mertens. Their arrivals would replace the likes of Marcao and Ryan Bbael who opted to leave Okan Buruk’s side this season.
Their local counterpart, Besiktas JK, have also made several big signings, most notably are Dutch international striker Wout Weighorst and the former West Ham left back Arthur Masuaku, the 23-year old Gedson Fernandes from Benfica plus the ex-Wolves defender Romain Saiss. They are the replacement for a number of key men who did not extend their stay such as Jermain Lens, Croatian international Dagomaj Vida and Canadian forward Cyle Larin who moved to Club Brugge despite his fairly impressive spells in Istanbul.
Meanwhile, one of the big three, Fenerbahce have opted to secure the signature of the former Watford man, Joshua King, Luan Peres from Marseille, the Portuguese talent, Bruma from PSV Eindhoven and Cagliari prolific striker, the Brasilian-born Joao Pedro. They replace Kim Min Jae, Jose Sosa and Mesut Ozil who left the club.
Moreover, the marquee signings no longer exclusively belong to the traditional top three. Some other teams such as the dark horses Fatih Karagumruk, Adana Demispor and Istanbul Basaksehir plus the reigning champions, Trabzonspor, have managed to sign their own stars. Fatih Karagumruk has just appointed the former Juventus manager, Andrea Pirlo, as their head coach this summer. Adana Demispor has signed Kevin Rodrigues from Real Sociedad, whereas the 2020 Champions, Istanbul Basaksehir just bought AC Milan’s Leo Duarte. Last but not least, Trabzonspor have sealed the move of Denmark wing back Jens Stryger Larsen. It would certainly be more exciting season ahead compared to the previous ones.