Ryan Babel confirms transfer interest from Galatasaray

Dutch footballer Ryan Babel has confirmed that he is the subject of interest from Galatasaray this summer. The Netherlands international spent the second half of the previous season on loan at Fulham from Besiktas but he is currently a free-agent after his contract expired with the Istanbul outfit.

Speaking to Algemeen Dagblad, Babel acknowledged that Gala have presented the best package to secure his services and only time will tell whether he will link up with the Turkish champions, he said: "They have the best offer at the moment. I don't have to make a secret of that. But there are also discussions with other clubs. It wouldn't be the first time in football or my own career for things to go differently than expected, so I will just have to wait and see."

Onyekuru focused on good season’s ending

Nigeria international Henry Onyekuru has said that he is not concerned about his future and he is hoping to end the season on a good note with Galatasaray.

The young forward recently bagged his first major trophy in Europe after Gala’s Turkish Cup triumph and he could end the campaign with a domestic double.

GALA NET VITAL WIN

Galatasaray secured an extremely vital victory this weekend over Besiktas to not only displace the table toppers and the title favorites Istanbul Basaksehir from their spot, but also ensured that they are in the strongest position now in the title race in the Turkish top tier.

Although both Galatasaray and Istanbul are equalized on points at the moment, but the former has an advantage of a goal differential of +8 over the latter.

MUSTAFI OFF TO GALA?

A number of Arsenal players might be on their way out this summer as Unai Emery is looking to generate some funds to make fresh signings.

The fresh signings at Arsenal don’t seem to be possible without offloading because the hierarchy has let Emery know that they are not providing him a lot of funds for shopping players.

Galatasaray can win the league

Galatasaray manager Fatih Terim believes that his side can win the league despite being the leaders Istanbul in the table. He said that his team is playing well now and that there is no reason why they will not be able to make up the gap on leaders.

Fatih Terim said that the players are ready to give their best and that they want to fight until the end. He said that they have started the season badly and this is the main reason why they are behind in the league tables.

SEVERAL CLUBS INTERESTED IN GALATASARAY STAR

PSG are among a host of other clubs believed to be interested in Nigerian attacker Henry Onyekuru according to reports from Europe. Onyekuru who is on loan from Everton at Turkish club Galatasaray has been impressive for the club this season.

It is understood that his form has attracted the interest of Monaco, Borussia Dortmund, Napoli, Sevilla and PSG. Onyekuru joined Everton from Belgium outfit KAS Eupen in 2017 but has been unable to feature for the EPL club due to work permit.

Galatasaray Close Gap at the Top of Turkish League

Galatasaray were able to beat Trabzonspor in a crucial league match during the weekend. The 3-1 success for Fatih Terim’s team has been able to get Galatasaray into a great spot with regards to winning the league title. The lead at the top of the table has been reduced to just six points as a result of this victory. The match witnessed MbayeDiagne making his first appearance for Galatasaray since the January move and it did not take long for the player to make a major impact. He is the division’s top scorer to his tally of 21 goals and his penalty in the 21st minute was able to provide a Galatasaray with the lead.

Even though Trabzonspor were able to quickly equalise just nine minutes later, this was the only goal from the visitors. Hugo Rodallega was responsible for handing Trabzonspor with this crucial goal which only turned out to be a consolation at the end of the match. Galatasaray had an excellent start to the game and they responded well after the goal. Younes Belhanda was able to break the deadlock just before half-time and it was plain sailing for Galatasaray from then on. Galatasaray were able to dominate the encounter on a number of aspects and a two-goal lead was provided to the match when Belhanda converted in the 51st minute.

GALASATARAY DRAWN AGAINST FIRST LEAGUE SIDE IN CUP DRAW

Turkish Cup quarterfinals and semi finals drawceremony was held in Istanbul on Wednesday, the draw for the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the 2018/2019 Turkish Cup at the football organization’s facilities in Riva, Istanbul.

Galatasaray,who eliminatedBoluspor on a 5-1 aggregate where drawn against TFF first league side Hatayspor who defeated Turkish super league leaders Instabul Bashaiker in the round of sixteen stage. Trabzonspor were pitched against Umraniyespor. Trabzonspor eliminated Balikesirspor on a 5-2 aggregate (3-1, 2-1), while Umraniyespor eliminated Fenerbahce on a 2-0 aggregate (1-0, 1-0).

Galatasaray Target Fernando Llorente from Tottenham

Galatasaray are reportedly working hard on bringing Fernando Llorente to Turkish football in the January transfer window. The Galatasaray manager Fatih Terim is very keen on working with the Spanish striker, who has struggled to get gametime at the English club this season.Llorente is a physical centre forward who can bring others into play rather easily. He is also reportedly quite unhappy with life at Tottenham after not featuring in any Premier league game from the start to season. Even though Spurs have been hit by issues of tiredness this season, manager Mauricio Pochettino has passed the opportunity of usingLlorente from the start in a league match.

The number nine is unhappy with his life on the bench and a move to Turkish football, where he will get regular first-team football, will come as an interesting choice.It is also reported that Galatasaray are also keeping tabs on the situation of Andy Carroll at West Ham. The form of players like Felipe Anderson and Marko Arnautovic has made it difficult forCarroll to get a place back in the West Ham team after returning from a long-term injury. He may be sent out on a short-term loan in order to rediscover his confidence. Other players who are also in the consideration happen to be Hoffenheim forward Adam Szalai.

Galatasaray Out, but the Champions League Goes On

After finishing third in Group D behind FC Porto and FC Schalke, Galatasaray’s time in the 2018/19 Champions League came to an end. The club did well in getting that far, and while a relatively mediocre group gave some hope that a round of 16 berth was possible, there should be no disappointment.


Even without Galatasaray’s direct involvement though, the remainder of the Champions League should be a lot of fun to keep tabs on, so consider this a brief primer for the rest of the competition, with a bit of Turkish perspective.

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