FENERBAHCE defender Gregory van der Wiel has contacted cops claiming he was defrauded out of a staggering £3.5MILLION, according to reports.
He moved to Turkey from Paris Saint-Germain last summer.
Turkish TV station, A Haber, report the Dutchman got involved with local businessmen and was led to believe he would be dealing with major US A-listers — and two people have been arrested over the incident.
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However, he is said to have been scammed out an extreme amount of money.
Van der Wiel says he was approached by a man shortly after arriving in Istanbul, who proposed a business opportunity which involved both sport and Hollywood.
He explained to Dutch newspaper, De Telegraaf: “I came here not just to play football, but also to make investments.
“Unfortunately, I met a person who had bad intentions.
“He told me he would bring me to Justin Bieber and Floyd Mayweather.
“With these names, he drew me in.”
Van der Wiel reveals he confronted his “business partner” about when his investment would be repaid, things got ugly, and the defender was threatened.
He added: “I then asked him what happened to our companies.
“He said, ‘Give me $600,000 [£470,000] and forget the money.
“Because this is Turkey and you can’t start anything’.
“He scammed me! This has affected my football career and my personal life.”
However, one of the men arrested for his part in the alleged fraud claims Van der Wiel did not stick to his end of the deal and that was why he didn’t see any return.
Umit Akbulut told Turkish publication, Hurriyet: “When Gregory first came to Turkey he had some trouble with the club.
“I recommended him to do some charity work, like visiting sick children or posting something related to Turkey via his social media accounts.
“He asked me to promote his brand and I arranged a meeting between him and Floyd Mayweather’s manager.
“They reached an agreement for about $4.2 million [£3.3m].
“He was supposed to go to three different countries for the promotion and Floyd shot a special video for him also. We haven’t shown it yet.
“Then there were some trouble between Turkey and Netherlands, so we decided to postpone that tour.
“That’s when Gregory started to ask his money back.
“I said, ‘We can change the date but we can’t give you your money back because this is how the showbiz is!’
“So these claims are completely false.”