Roberto Mancini’s Galatasaray chase €8m Chelsea midfielder - report

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Reports have circulated that Turkish giants Galatasaray are interested in signing Chelsea’s Marko Marin

According to the Spanish press, the 24-year-old midfielder has become a transfer target for ex-Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini.

With Galatasaray currently eight points off top spot in the Turkish Super League, and preparing for Champions League showdown with Chelsea, Mancini has been looking at options to bolster his squad.

One of the names linked with a move to Turkey is Chelsea’s German midfielder Marko Marin. Born in former Yugoslavia, Marin moved to Germany as a child with his parents and signed for the Borussia Monchengladbach youth academy in 2005.

After a couple of years, Marin impressed in the Bundesliga and caught the attentions of Werder Bremen who signed the midfielder for €8.2 million in 2009, linking up with current Arsenal star Mesut Ozil.

Marin ended his Bremen career with a record of eight goals in 87 Bundesliga games, and subsequently moved to Chelsea for a reported fee of €8million in the summer of 2012. On his arrival, Marin cited the need for a new challenge and his dream of living in London as his reasons for joining the Blues.

However, after making only six Premier League appearances last season, Marin was soon cast aside and following Jose Mourinho’s arrival as boss, the Chelsea midfielder moved again, this time joining La Liga side Sevilla on a season-long loan.

The German international has barely featured for Sevilla, making just 5 La Liga appearances. In those five games, Marin did show an ability to retain possession, maintaining an average pass success rate per game of 84% and providing two assists.

Nevertheless, Marin seems like a figure that is not currently needed at Sevilla, and rumours suggest the former Europa League winners could cancel the season-long loan in January, with Galatasaray looking to take advantage of the situation to conclude a quick transfer.

The Turkish club’s officials will reportedly fly to London at the end of the week to find out if there is a viable option of taking the player away during this month’s transfer window or whether they will have to wait until the summer to finalise a deal.


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