Leeds United have issued an ultimatum to Denizlispor over an unpaid instalment in the transfer fee of attacker Hadi Sacko, a report from Turkish outlet Denizli Gazetesi has claimed.
Sacko joined Denizlispor from Leeds last summer, for a fee that is set to total around €500,000, although it seems the Turkish Super Lig side are now experiencing difficulties in paying that amount.
According to the latest reports, Denizlispor have missed the cut-off point for the latest €25,000 instalment of that fee, which has seen Leeds issue a demand for the payment from the Turkish club.
It is thought that Denizlispor are hopeful of making that payment in the next few days, although the club have encountered financial difficulties recently, with on-loan Reading winger Mo Barrow reportedly briefly walking out of the club over unpaid wages earlier this month.
Sacko, who spent last season on loan with Denizlispor’s top-flight rivals Ankaragucu, made a total of 60 appearances for Leeds during his time at the club, scoring three goals.
Since joining Denizlispor, the 25-year-old has scored two goals in 19 appearances for his new club, who are currently 13th in the Turkish top-flight, four points clear of the relegation zone.
This is a difficult one.
Leeds are of course entitled to that money, but it does seem harsh to force it out of Denizlispor, given the difficult situation they currently appear to be in.
Indeed, when you look at the size and infrastructure that Leeds have behind them, it doesn’t really feel as though that €25,000 is a fee they will be needing any time soon.
Even so, you hope that Denizlispor will be able to source that money sooner rather than later, then this is something all parties can put behind them before it escalates into something more serious.