Five Manchester City players Mancini could take to Galatasaray

Could any of these five city stars follow Roberto Mancini into Turkish football, should the Italian take the job.

Galatasaray yesterday fired head coach Fatih Terim after he refused the clubs most recent new contract offer - leaving the Turkish giants with arguably their best squad in a generation without somebody to lead them.

The early bookies favourite for the role is Roberto Mancini - with some reports essentially saying it is a done deal.

The Italian has been out of work since leaving Manchester City toward the end of last season - and Gala are reportedly ready to offer him a sizeable sum of money to take on the role.

But if he was to head to Istanbul, who could he bring with him from his old stooges at Manchester City?

We take a look at five players who could follow Mancini to Turkey…

John Guidetti

Mancini was said to be a big fan of the young Swede - who scored bucket-loads of goals whilst on loan with Feyenoord in the season before last.

Unfortunately the former Inter Milan boss never had the chance to play him for the first team, as he spent the entire 2012-13 season out with a virus of his central nervous system.

Guidetti almost went to Turkey the other week, with Trabzonspor keen - could Mancini bring him East in January.

Gareth Barry

Not many English players go play abroad, but more definitely should - could Barry be a trendsetter?

Mancini was a big fan of the defensive midfielder and procuring him should not be difficult.

His contract expires next summer and City show no sign of keeping hold of him - he could be available for a bargain.

However he is enjoying a loan spell at Everton at the moment - so competition is fierce.

Abdisalam Ibrahim

Another young talent whom Mancini was keen on, the Italian even gave him his debut for the club. But the Norwegian cannot get a look in at City and is now back at Stromsgodset on loan, and leaving for nothing next summer.

Will Mancini remember his talents?

Edin Dzeko

The Bosnian striker should not be a rotation man, he is too good for that - so could Turkey be the perfect destination.

Some might think it is a step down in class for Dzeko to play for Gala - but Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder would beg to differ.

The fact Dzeko is also a practicing Muslim could also be a benefit, with players in the past moving to the predominantly Islamic Turkey to practice their religious beliefs.

Javi Garcia

Mancini went big on the former Benfica midfielder, and it has not quite worked out.

The Spaniard could be another shown the exit door by Pellegrini - and Mancini might be able to negotiate a cut-price deal.

Could any of these players head to Galatasaray?

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