Ferencváros has managed to make two additional, large-scale signings after the transfer season’s closure. Both former Chelsea and German national team player Marko Marin, and the green-whites’ legend, former Everton player Muhamed Bešić signed on for free.
According to the rules, only free transfers can be made after the August 31st deadline, a regulation that Hungary’s richest and most successful club profited by. Since the two players were without a club, they were free to sign the Hungarian champion.
Besides the London star club, Marko Marin (32) has also played for clubs like Olympiacos, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Fiorentina, and Sevilla. The attacking midfielder narrowly missed the 2008 Euro but was eventually selected for the 2010 World Cup where he made two appearances and clinched a bronze with the Nationalelf. He eventually earned 16 caps for the German national team, and scored once. He also managed to lift the Europa League trophy twice (with Chelsea in 2013, then with Sevilla the following year). Despite that, his current worth is estimated to be EUR 2.5 million. Back in 2010, Transfermarkt approximated his market value to be EUR 14 million.
This is already the second time that Muhamed Bešić (29) is playing for Ferencváros. Back between August 2012 and July 2014, the Bosnian spent two seasons at FTC and gained selection for the World Cup as a Fradi player. After the tournament in Brazil, the defensive midfielder signed with Premier League side Everton (although the two haven’t disclosed his fee, it is speculated to have been around EUR 5 million). On the Liverpool team, he earned some 37 caps in total, but due to injuries he was loaned to lower division clubs (Middlesbrough and Sheffield United) after the initial successes. Five days after announcing his arrival, he already hit the pitch as a sub against FTC’s main rival for the Championship title, MOL Vidi. “This is my club, it’s been a perfect night,” he commented after the final whistle of the Wednesday game as Ferencváros claimed a victory (1-0).
featured image: Bešić (on the left, no.7) fighting for the ball with Lionel Messi (in the middle) at the 2010 World Cup; via MTI/EPA/Oliver Weiken