According to various sources, Montpellier are about to lose a key player. It is said that Moroccan Younes Belhanda could be about to leave Ligue 1 for Turkish side Fenerbahce. The player has been at the French Champions since 2003, but is said to be frustrated by his team’s poor form so far this season:
After original discussions between the two sides, a move appeared to have broken down. Montpellier’s president Nicollin said that although he was willing to sell the player, he was not willing to receive payments in installments as Fenerbahce wished.
The move now appears to be back on a again, however, and this time, it appears to be very close. Belhanda has agreed terms with Fenerbahce and is said to be looking forward to a move to Turkey. Fenerbahce have made a bid in the region of 12 million euros, and all that needs to happen now, is for Nicollin to accept, and Belhanda will be a Fenerbahce player.
It has also been confirmed that no other club has been in contact with Montpellier over Belhanda.
When asked, during the African Cup of Nations about his future, Belhanda replied that he was focusing solely on Morocco and was letting his agents work on it.
Montpellier’s president Nicollin also announced on the 21st that he will still willing to listen to offers from other teams, elsewhere in Europe, and it appears that he is holding the move to Fenerbahce up for as long as possible, to see if he can get a better bid from somewhere closer to France.
Expect movement on this one very soon. It is likely that another team makes a bid for the player, but if not, he will surely go to Fenerbahce.
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James Martland @GFN_France