Galatasaray president Mustafa Cengiz has returned to Turkey from the UK with good news after his meeting with Manchester City, according to Hurriyet.
It was reported yesterday that the Istanbul giants want to form a long-term partnership with Manchester City, and the word from Turkey today is that it will be going ahead.
Indeed, Hurriyet reports that Cengiz received a ‘positive response’ from City bosses and a cooperation agreement will begin in January, enabling Galatasaray to sign Man City players on loan deals.
The idea is for Galatasaray to take players Pep Guardiola has no place for in his first-team squad on free loans, giving them a chance to develop in Turkey’s Süper Lig. This will also benefit the club coached by Fatih Terim, because they are under Financial Fair Player restraints, having received a €6 million fine from UEFA earlier this year.
The first name to have cropped up in the Turkish media has been Eliaquim Mangala, the 27-year-old French defender who is out of contract next summer and has no place in the City squad with so many talented centre-backs ahead of him. The Turks are said to be waiting for a list of available players that Pep Guardiola has no immediate plans for.
Though the Turkish press is notorious for misinformation and lies, several outlets have been reporting this and claim an agreement is in place, which will give Manchester City a new developmental area in a good standard league, and allow Galatasaray to deepen their squad.