Kleb ties up Turkey move
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Kleberson has ended his indifferent spell at Man Utd by signing for Besiktas.Kleberson has ended his indifferent spell at Manchester United by signing for Besiktas.
The Brazilian midfielder has secured a four-year contract with the Turkish outfit after a lacklustre two seasons at Old Trafford.
He joined The Red Devils from Atletico Paranaense in 2003 but was never able to flourish in The Premiership, making only infrequent appearances under Sir Alex Ferguson.
Besiktas and Celta Vigo have spent the summer trying to sign Kleberson and the Turkish outfit have now persuaded the midfielder to head to Istanbul.
Kleberson has been handed a three-year deal, with the option of a further 12 months, and is delighted to join Besiktas.
"Today I have come from one big club - Manchester United - to another big club so I am very happy," said Kleberson.
The Red Devils have accepted a significant loss on the near £6 million they spent on Kleberson, with Besiktas believed to have paid £2.5 million for the 26-year-old.
Besiktas were initially worried they would struggle to tempt Kleberson into a move to Turkey, with Celta previously favourites for his signature.
But Celta could not agree a fee with United and Besiktas used the player's compatriot, and recent signing, Ailton to talk Kleberson round.
Kleberson's exit from Old Trafford could now prompt Ferguson to bring in a recruit of his own, having also sold Phil Neville to Everton last week.