In an ideal world, we wouldn’t be talking about Loris Karius any more. Especially as we’re deep into year two of a two-season loan with Besiktas—a loan with an appearance-based obligation to buy that by most accounts will have been triggered by now.
We don’t live in an ideal world. Not that that will come as a surprise to anyone given the larger issues facing society. So. Here we are. Talking about Loris Karius. Who is reportedly seeking to terminate his loan with Besiktas before the season restarts.
The issue is outstanding unpaid wages from last year totalling around £1.4M, a situation the player’s agent says he has been trying—and failing—to get Besiktas to remedy since the autumn. The timing might be awkward, but the demand is hardly unreasonable.
“The reminded payments have absolutely nothing to do with the coronavirus crisis, even if the club likes to communicate that,” said agent Florian Goll following leaks that framed the issue as one of Karius seeking wages owed since football was suspended.
This marks the second instance of Besiktas failing to pay Karius’ wages, as he was forced to complain to FIFA in March of last year. That case saw a ruling in the Karius’ favour, at which point he agreed to remain at the Turkish club for a second season.
Following news he was seeking to terminate his Besiktas contract, reports in England emerged claiming that he could end up at Wolves next season, with the ambitious mid-table side said to be seeking a new backup goalkeeper.