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Icardi, Mata among notable talents making move to Turkey

Most transfer windows across Europe slammed shut on September 1. However, teams in Turkey could make moves up until Thursday. Juan Mata and Mauro Icardi are just a couple of the players to make a late move over to Turkey. Both signed for Süper Lig club and Turkish giant Galatasaray.

Mata, now 34, joins the club after spending the last eight-and-a-half seasons with Manchester United. He arrives on a free transfer with a salary in the area of $2 million.

“I feel so good,” said the Spaniard on his move to Galatasaray. “I am excited and very motivated. I’m grateful for being here. Everyone is being very friendly. I can’t wait to win with Galatasaray.”

Along with Mata, Galatasaray made a loan move for PSG forward Mauro Icardi. The Argentine striker was previously one of the top targets for clubs all over Europe. After a massively successful spell at Inter Milan, he was purchased by PSG in a $55 million deal two years ago. Icardi eventually fell down the pecking order with the Parisians but will now get his chance to shine in Turkey. Also, PSG retains some of his contract, making him more of a bargain for Galatasaray.

Paris Saint-Germain confirm Mauro Icardi deal signed with Galatasaray on loan until June 2023, one year. 🇦🇷🤝 #Galatasaray

PSG will pay more than 60% of the salary this season. pic.twitter.com/yIIgSNhBbJ

— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 8, 2022

“I got a lot of offers this summer,” claimed Icardi.  “We had long dialogues with [team vice president] Mr. Erden. As a result, I came here. He did everything he could. I’m so happy to finally be here.”

Mata, Icardi not alone in switch to Turkey

Also, Icardi set his sights on European qualification with his new club. “Hopefully we can bring this team back to the top level again,” stated the striker. “Galatasaray is a team that always aims high. We want to be a part of it. The players, the staff, all the fans want to celebrate it by introducing another Champions League…

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Author : Chris Moore

Publish date : 2022-09-09 16:02:31

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