Last week we brought you the reports from France that potential Liverpool transfer target Aurelien Chedjou looked set to tie down a move to Turkish outfit Galatasaray in a €8 million deal.
The Cameroonian international has been in high demand recently with Newcastle United also reportedly keeping tabs on his progress along with AS Monaco.
The 27-year-old has reportedly set his sights on Champions League football and knows that is available for him in Istanbul as Gala continue to make in-roads on the rest of Europe with their new transfer policy.
But while the original bad news may have now dusted off could the transfer actually be good for Liverpool?
With Martin Skrtel admitting today that he could be on his way out of Anfield and Jamie Carragher retiring the club is desperately short of options in the centre-back position.
And one player who could go a long way toward plugging that gap is Turkish international Semih Kaya.
Described as the ‘Gerard Pique’ of Turkey because of his similar contemporary playing style he was linked with a move to Liverpool back in October 2012.
We brought you a fact-file on the 22-year-old at the time and made it clear he would be an excellent addition to the club.
Since then nothing has changed, in fact he has probably got even better with some impressive Champions League performances under his belt during the clubs run to the quarter-finals.
The idea from the Turkish sides point of view would likely be to partner Kaya with Chedjou next season; leaving 31-year-old Gokhan Zan out in the cold with another Cameroonian in Dany Nounkeu.
But Liverpool should certainly test Galatasaray’s reserve on the player the fans dub ‘The Rock’.
Sure on the surface Galatasaray don’t need money. They have just purchased Wesley Sneijder and Didier Drogba for crying out loud. But I refuse to believe that they do not have some form of wage-bill to keep under control; as do most clubs in Europe.
Then there is the lure of the Premier League. Kaya would surely be interested in playing on our shores at one point in his career and where better than at Anfield?
He would be sacrificing Champions League football but I am sure Liverpool could come up with a pretty decent argument to let that slide.
Such is the talent of the young Turk that he might just be capable of coming close to filling the boots of the departing Carragher in the years to come.
And now might be the best time to convince him.
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