Newcastle United target Domagoj Vida has been warned by Bestikas that they will sell him unless he agrees a new contract, according to Sabah.
The Turkish news outlet claims that while the Magpies are ready to make an £8.5million bid for Vida, the 30-year-old has also been told by Bestikas’ new board that he has to pen a new deal which would see him less money if he does not want to be sold.
Vida’s existing deal at the Turkish Super Lig club does not expire until 2022 [transfermarkt] and he has been a mainstay for Abdullah Avci’s side this season, appearing 14 times across all competitions and scoring two goals.
It is strange that Bestikas would make this threat to Vida. As he is playing every week and wearing the captain’s armband, it makes no sense that they would threaten to sell the Croatia international unless he signs a contract on a lower wage. Vida still has two and a half years left on his current deal and it would be fair to say that by the time that ends, the ex-Dynamo Kiev defender might be approaching the end of his career and struggling for game-time at Bestikas anyway. It’s not as if the club can force a sale either. Newcastle have been linked with Vida but what is the chance of their interest being realistic? £8.5million is not a terrible price but Steve Bruce already has plenty of centre-back options at his disposal. This report by Sabah is really baffling and if that is the stance of the new board at Bestikas, then supporters of the Istanbul club should be very worried about their best players becoming alienated.