Ferdi Kadioğlu - Who Is The Turkish Defender Linked With Dortmund And Arsenal?

Ferdi Kadioğlu - Who Is The Turkish Defender Linked With Dortmund And Arsenal?

21/06/24 13:32

Ferdi Kadioğlu is currently playing his first ever Euros for the Turkish national team and was in the starting line-up in their first match against Georgia.

In the match, the left-back created the most chances for his team and had the most accurate pass rate in the clash, with 94% of his 70 passes being perfectly played to his teammates.

With Kadioğlu having a fantastic game, he has received quite the attention from big clubs across Europe who apparently want to sign the Fenerbahce player for next season.

According to Fabrizio Romano, who Football Park rate as a tier one in reliability, Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund are interested in signing him as their new left back. Apparently, there have already been first talks but everything is still in the early stages.

But why does Dortmund want to sign him?

Dortmund’s current left back, Ian Maatsen, who was on loan from Chelsea last season, is set to leave the club to join Aston Villa. Therefore, the Borussen are in desperate need for a replacement.

Their other left back, Ramy Bensebaini has been struggling with injuries and in general does not bring the consistency that Dortmund need.

Furthermore, with Mats Hummels leaving the club, Dortmund needs to find new ways to stabilize the defence and Kadioğlu could be the perfect option.

His ability to play all over the pitch could be extremely beneficial to the German side as well. He is seen as a very flexible player. This especially in times of mass injury.

The Turkish international plays in a very dynamic way and is especially known for his consistent performances at Fenerbahce.

He grew up in the Netherlands and has received a high quality youth training with the focus on good technique.

The defender left the Netherlands, where he also played for their youth national team, to play for Fenerbahce in 2018 and has since raised his market value from €1.5m to €21m according to Transfermarkt. This making him the most valuable player in the Süper Lig.

According to Turkish news outlet AjansSpor, who Football Park rate as a tier three in reliability, Arsenal are also interested in signing the 24-year-old and have apparently already made a £17m bid.

The Premier League club who only missed out on winning the title by a couple of points, are also in need of a new left back.

Over the last season, Arsenal's coach Mikel Arteta has tried different starting left-backs with Jakub Kiwior, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Takehiro Tomiyasu all playing at different points of the season. However they have all failed to show performances good enough to be a set player in Arteta‘s starting eleven going forward.

Therefore, Arsenal need the consistency Kadioğlu can offer and his ability to go further forward will help Arsenal gain a dynamic way of playing.

Furthermore, Arsenal’s other option for the left back position, Kieran Tierney, who was on loan at Real Sociedad last season, is unlikely to return to the Gunners. Another loan or a permanent move is more likely for the Scottish.

Kadioğlu, who technically still has a contract at Fenerbahce until 2026, apparently is a desired signing for both clubs and now that the attention is on him, more clubs might grow an interest in him as well.

Everything is still in the early stages on both sides and no official announcements have yet been issued.

For now, his focus will be on playing his part in achieving as much as possible with the Turkish national team.

Benji Kosartiyer
Kelly Stock

Football Writer


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