According to Turkish-Football.com, Jason Denayer may be heading back to Istanbul, where he spent last season on loan with Galatasaray.
Galatasaray sporting director Levent Nazifoğlu told the Turkish news outlet, “Talks have been positive, there is a good chance Denayer will return.”
Despite being touted as Vincent Kompany’s ‘natural successor’ by former Belgian coach, Marc Wilmots, it appears that Pep Guardiola does not share the same opinion. Denayer, 21, has only played 45 minutes of pre-season, with Guardiola repeatedly playing Aleksandar Kolarov ahead of him, despite the Serbian having to play out of position.
Whilst Denayer was named in City’s Champions League squad yesterday, both the M.E.N and Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur have confirmed that he is indeed considering his options, with the signing of John Stones adding yet more competition for his preferred role of centre-back.
It would be a shame to see a player with so much potential leave the club, but we must trust Pep Guardiola’s opinion of him more than we trust our own.
If Denayer were to move on permanently, City are rumoured to be asking for a fee of £12 million from any potential suitors.
Arsenal are also said to be keeping tabs on the Belgian’s situation, according to The Sun.