Friday, 7th September, 2012
Mauro Zarate refused to leave Lazio for Bestikas, according to sources in Italy.
The 25-year-old had been lined up for a switch to the Black Eagles before the Turkish transfer window slammed shut, but a cold reception was given to the idea by the player.
Lazio had agreed to sell Zarate and Besiktas were confident of getting their man, until the deal fell through.
Zarate spent last season on loan at Inter, though that spell failed to result in a permanent move to the Nerazzurri.
It remains to be seen just how often the Argentine will feature for new Lazio boss Vladimir Petkovic this season, but already there is speculation over a January switch away from Rome for the striker.
Zarate joined Lazio, initially on loan, in 2008, and was so impressive for the club that his move was turned into a permanent one at the end of the campaign.