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Bizarre revenue drive: Turkish club trade 18 players to buy 10 goats

Bizarre revenue drive: Turkish club trade 18 players to buy 10 goats

- Gulspor football club have sold youth players to bring in goats

- The club is working to earn extra cash from the sale of milk

- Gulspor lack finances due to absence of government or sponsorship investment

Turkish football club Gulspor have offloaded 18 youth players in their ranks and bought 10 goats in a bizarre move to earn ‘extra money from milk sales’ which will be used to serve the club’s main needs.

According to RT quoting CNN Turkey, the team’s president Kenan Buyuklebleb disclosed that the decision to buy goats was due to lack of finance as there is no essential governmental or sponsorship investment for Turkish youth teams playing in lower leagues.

“We must have a constant income,” Buyuklebleb was quoted as saying to CNN Turkey.

“Funds are overloaded because there is no government or corporate group support for our clubs. We need to get more investment for the kids (competing for the club).”

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Interestingly, Gulspor earned 15,000 Turkish lira (almost $2,600) after selling 18 youth players and plans to have around 5,000 lira ($863) profit from milk sales to cover the club’s expenses.

“We got 10 goats. It will be a source of income for the youngsters,” Buyuklebleb said, adding that he acted in the interests of the team. “We think that breeding goats is profitable. We have bought them to raise better young players.”

“We expect to have 4,000-5,000 lira profit. At the same time, the number of goats will increase. At the end of six years, we are planning to have 140 goats for the club,” he added.

Gulspor, is one of the oldest clubs in Turkey, founded in 1954 and are based in the city of Isparta.

Bizarre revenue drive: Turkish club trade 18 players to buy 10 goats

Bizarre revenue drive: Turkish club trade 18 players to buy 10 goats. Photo credit: Getty Images

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Meanwhile, previously had reported that Turkish side Bursaspor have confirmed that Italian side Udinese have sealed a deal to sign Super Eagles defence ace William Troost-Ekong.

According to reports coming out of the Italy suggest Udinese reportedly offered €3.3m for Nigeria international who celebrates his 25th birthday anniversary next month.

Interestingly, Troost-Ekong who has three goals from 33 appearances for Bursaspor was severally linked with a switch to French Ligue 1 side Stade Rennais before moving to Turkey from Gent in 2017.

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