Galatasaray attacker Ryan Babel has debunked the transfer rumours linking him with a move away from the Turkish Super League club. The 35-year-old was seriously linked with a transfer to English Championship side Hull City during the January transfer window before he opted to stay at Galatasaray.
Aston Villa have reportedly thrown their hat into the ring for Galatasaray centre-back Victor Nelsson, who they have recently scouted. It seems Villa will look to strengthen again in the summer window. Steven Gerrard made a few important additions in January, and will no doubt plan to continue. Villa have been linked with a number of big names already. The likes of Joe Gomez and Kalvin Phillips have been touted for moves to the Midlands.
The centre-back position seems to a priority. Former Villa star Alan Hutton has stated it is an area he thinks Gerrard will “look to strengthen”. It seems that may indeed be the case, following a recent report. Villa reportedly sent a scout to watch Galatasaray centre-back Nelsson earlier this month. They were seemingly impressed, as Tum Spor reports he is now on their radar.
French champions Lille are leading the race to sign Egyptian striker Mostafa Mohamed according to multiple reports in the media. It was revealed that Mostafa could sign for Lille from Turkish Super League giants Galatasaray. The Egyptian player signed for Galatasaray as a Zamalek loanee at the start of last year. Mostafa joined Galatasaray on an 18-month loan deal from parent club Zamalek in his native Egypt in January 2020.
The duo of Sergino Dest and Ronald Araujo are certain to start for Barcelona in the second leg of their last 16 tie with Turkish team Galatasaray in the Europa League. The tie is in the balance after the two teams played out a goalless draw at the Nou Camp in what was the first leg. Surprisingly, Barcelona created little as the forwards had an off day in front of goal.
Young Barcelona midfielder Gavi will miss out on the Europa League last 16 tie first clash with Turkish Super League outfit Galatasaray this week. The Barcelona youngster will miss the home leg with Galatasaray due to suspension.
Turkish Super League giants Galatasaray are one of the several teams keen to sign Inter Milan midfielder Arturo Vidal in the summer. The interest of Galatasaray was revealed by media outlet El Deportivo. Apart from Galatasaray, clubs such as French Ligue 1 side Marseille and Premier League outfit Tottenham Hotspur are also in the race to sign the Chilean senior national team player who could leave Italian champions Inter Milan this summer.
Vidal has less than six months left on his current deal at Inter Milan though the Italian Serie A giants have the option of extending his contract for another season. It is uncertain that Inter Milan will exercise that ‘extra season’ option at the moment.
Turkish Super League giants Galatasaray are eyeing a move for Aston Villa forward Trezeguet who's presently with the Egyptian squad in Cameroon. He is part of the Egyptian team at the ongoing African Cup of Nations tournament.
Galatasaray want to sign Trezeguet during this winter transfer window which is around two weeks away from ending. The Turkish giants are low on cash and they are trying to raise money to sign the attacker from Premier League side Aston Villa.
English Championship outfit Hull City are reportedly set to battle it out with Turkish giants Galatasaray for the right to sign Lazio striker VerdatMuriqi when the winter transfer window reopens later this week. It was revealed by a report on Hull Live that Hull City are interested in the Lazio striker and that they will have to contend with Galatasaray who also want to add him to their lead firepower.
27-year-old Muriqi has been frozen out of the Lazio starting team completely under new manager Maurizio Sarri who replaced current Inter Milan manager Simone Inzaghi this summer. Galatasaray target Muriqi scored once in 27 Italian Serie A appearances last season and he’s yet to score any goal in 11 Italian Serie A games this season. The Kosovo striker could be on the move in the January transfer window with Hull City and Galatasaray keen to sign him.
There has been extensive debate in world football pertaining to the value and contribution that foreign players and coaches bring to the local leagues in the hosting nation.
With the advent of globalisation; the sporting world especially football has witnessed the accelerated growth of soccer players moving to different parts of the world to play football. This has resulted in many European football clubs being host to players and coaches of diverse backgrounds. While this enriches the organisational culture of the clubs, it also brings with it problems as well.
Turkey is not predominantly known as a big footballing nation globally, but there can be no doubt about the great talent Turkey has produced over the years. The local Turkish top-tier league, known as the Super Lig, is a reasonably competitive league in Europe.
Over the years, Turkish giant football clubs such as Galatasaray, Beskitas and Fenerbahce are household names that have competed with Europe's elite soccer clubs in the UEFA Champions League. Many football stars especially from the African continent use Turkey as a springboard to launch their careers, develop and transfer to bigger European leagues.