From Turkey: Manchester City defender being denied transfer by €10m asking price

There is a growing list of players leaving Manchester City on permanent deals this summer, and Belgian defender Jason Denayer is expected to join it soon.

Borussia Mönchengladbach, Girona, Lyon and ­Marseille are all said to be keen on the 23-year-old, who has won eight Belgium caps, but after two loan spells in Istanbul, his heart seems to be set on a permanent move to Galatasaray.

Denayer won the league with Galatasaray last season and according to reports in Turkey, he wants a long-term stay at the Türk Telekom Stadı.

The problem is, Galatasaray do not like spending a lot of money, and while some of the other clubs interested would undoubtedly meet City’s reasonable asking price of €10million (£8.9million) for Denayer, the Turks consider it too much.

The Turkish press have made a thing of this by showing propaganda-like photos of Denayer looking glum at Man City training compared to having a big smile on his face during his spell at Galatasaray.

City’s refusal – so far at least – to lower their asking price means Denayer has been taken to the United States by Pep Guardiola and considering the long list of names absent from the tour, he can probably expect some game time when the Blues meet Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool and Bayern Munich.

The centre-back’s long-term future is almost certainly away from the Etihad Stadium though, and Galatasaray seem ready to gamble on the player’s desire to join them leading to a discount on City’s €10million valuation.

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