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Galatasaray hold talks with Man City over defender transfer and long-term partnership – report

Galatasaray president Mustafa Cengiz has met with Manchester City chiefs in England to discuss the prospect of a long-term partnership between the two clubs – and a more immediate transfer.

According to Turkey’s TRT Spor, Cengiz pitched a partnership that would include infrastructure support, player loans, various sponsorship activities, and other projects yet to be decided.

And the first name to come up was Eliaquim Mangala, the City defender who is out of contract in the summer and not in Pep Guardiola’s plans.

Galatasaray are hoping to sign 27-year-old Mangala on a free loan deal in January, which would see City continue to pay his salary, before he heads to the Istanbul giants on a free transfer when his contract is up in June.

Mangala has not kicked a ball at competitive level since February 10 when he suffered a serious knee injury two matches into a loan spell at Everton.

The former French international has returned to training recently, but unless he gets a chance in the Carabao Cup, may have already played his last game for City.

A move to Galatasaray would begin a mutually beneficial cooperation between the Premier League and Süper Lig clubs and could pave the way for some of City’s younger talents to gain experience in Turkey’s top flight.

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