Loris Karius’ proposed transfer from Liverpool to Besiktas has reportedly been delayed by an unusual reason
The two clubs are understood to have settled on a £9.5m fee for the under-fire goalkeeper on Monday, which saw Karius being withdrawn from the Liverpool team that defeated Crystal Palace 2-0 that same evening.
But confirmation of the deal has not yet arrived.
The Liverpool Echo reports that the delay is down to a four-day national public holiday in Turkey.
The holiday is called the “Feast of Sacrifice” and is supposed to be the most important Islamic religious festival of the year.
But Karius could still complete his move to Besiktas later today with the German set to undergo a medical in Istanbul.
The Turkish giants will initially sign him for a two-year loan deal, which will cost them £2.25m.
By 2020, Besiktas will then have to pay Liverpool a further £7.25m to buy Karius – if he meets the performance criteria and makes the required number of appearances, as well as the club qualifying for Europe.
Liverpool will also have a 20% sell-on clause included as part of the deal.