Orlando City has denied striker Cyle Larin is headed to Besiktas after the Turkish club posted pictures on Twitter indicated he was close to joining.
Larin’s future with Orlando City has been subject of speculation for a while, with rumors circulating he would eventually depart the club only intensifying after the MLS side acquired Dom Dwyer during the 2017 season.
Dwyer was recently signed to a new contract.
While Larin’s contract technically ran through 2017, Orlando City held two option years, which bind the Canada international to the club until 2019.
However Besiktas posted images on Twitter of Larin undergoing a medical on Saturday and with another of him wearing a shirt with the Besiktas crest.
Negotiations on for signing Canadian striker Cyle Larin as he undergoes physical at @ACIBADEMSPORTS
# Be?ikta? #Footballpic.twitter.com/QpurNjBzeJ
— Be?ikta? JK English (@BesiktasEnglish) January 13, 2018
While that would seem to indicate Besiktas was working on a deal with Orlando City, the MLS side has contradicted that statement, insisting that not only has no transfer been agreed upon, but that it will also take action against the Turkish club.
“Cyle is under contract until 2019. He is not a free agent and we will take action against Besiktas for announcing this today,” Orlando City spokesman Diogo Kotscho told ProSoccerUSA.
The 22-year-old Larin has scored 43 goals in 87 games over the course of his three-year MLS career, all with Orlando City after being taken No.1 overall in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft.
This is not the first time MLS clubs have come into conflict with Turkish clubs over transfers. In 2016, FC Dallas and Trabzonspor butted heads over the transfer of Fabian Castillo, with the winger leaving Dallas without permission to do a deal. Despite that, the teams did end up coming to an agreement and Castillo joined Trabzonspor.
Besiktas are in the market for a striker in the January window, having sold Turkey international Cenk Tosun to Everton for £27 million earlier this month.