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Turkish giants preparing shock swoop for Chelsea legend

| 27.03.2013

Having been at Chelsea for 18 years, and official club captain for eight of those, John Terry is certain to go down in folklore at the club.

His extraordinary Stamford Bridge tenure may be about to finally come to an end though, as Fenerbahce line up a sensational move for the ex-England skipper.

Now 32, Terry has found his Blues playing time extremely limited this season, managing just 10 league appearances in an injury-plagued campaign.

And with little over a year remaining on his contract with the Londoners, he could be the next of a wave of big-name players to try their hand at Turkey’s Super Lig.

Terry’s former team-mate Didier Drogba is one to have made the move, and in company with Dutch star Wesley Sneijder, he makes up half of a hugely recognisable duo at Turkish champions Galatasaray.

That club’s recent insistence on bringing in big-name international players has alerted their great rivals Fenerbahce, who are motivated to move for Terry not only for his playing prowess, but for commercial reasons also.

It is thought that the controversial central defender will consider his future this summer, as he enters the twilight years of his career.

And in light of his age, and limited appearances of late, he would be unable to command anything like the £150,000-per-week salary he currently earns, were he to remain at Stamford Bridge.

Terry stands a much better chance of securing one more lucrative contract by moving abroad, and thus, a switch to Istanbul may seriously tempt the veteran.

If he was to make the move, Terry would join fellow Premier League stalwart Dirk Kuyt at Sukru Saracoglu Stadium, in the hope of ending a league title drought that appears set to extend to at least two years.

And considering that Terry’s diminishing transfer value would be offset by the commercial revenue his signing would bring to Fenerbahce, the possibility of the former England captain joining the Istanbul outfit seems realistic.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



John Klee