Tottenham Hotspur got rid of the 24-year-old on Thursday.
Georges-Kevin Nkoudou is no longer a Tottenham Hotspur player.
The 24-year-old has left Spurs to join Besiktas, having been on the North Londoners’ books for three years.
Tottenham, who spent £11 million on the French winger [The Guardian], only got around £5 million from the Turkish outfit, illustrating a loss for the club on that investment.
But if rumours are believed, Lilywhites chairman Daniel Levy has included an excellent clause in the deal.
According to Football London, Tottenham have a 50 percent sell-on clause for Nkoudou, meaning that if he dazzles in Turkey and eventually gets a big-money move elsewhere, Levy has ensured that the Premier League side pick up half the transfer fee.
It’s a smart piece of business by Levy. That’s because Nkoudou is still only 24 and one or two good seasons in Turkey could get him a big-money move away at some point.
The Turkish league is nowhere near as difficult for attackers as the Premier League, evident by the fact that Cenk Tosun, a red-hot striker for Besiktas once upon a time, is effectively an Everton flop. Papiss Cisse, whose last season at Newcastle yielded three goals in 17 games, scored 16 times last season – and he’s 33.
Nkoudou isn’t a striker, but the former Tottenham winger should still find it much easier to adapt in the Super Lig and, if he does, Levy’s idea could wind up paying dividends.
As things stand, Spurs have taken a loss on the France Under-21 international but, in the long term, Spurs could actually end up making a profit on him.
It might not be much unless he takes Turkey by storm, but if the North Londoners can at least make their money back on a deal that was initially a loss, it’ll reaffirm Levy’s reputation as one of the savviest chairman in the business.