Forget Sneijder! Roberto Mancini eyeing shock move for ex-Liverpool player

Galatasaray have been linked with a move for Stoke City midfielder Charlie Adam.

Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is looking at strengthening his squad this month to help his side progress in the Champions League.

Galatasaray face a difficult game against the 2012 winners of the competition, Chelsea. Mancini is looking to bring in players that will not be cup-tied and therefore available for the tie. Mancini has been linked with a few Premier League players before, with John Terry, Nemanja Vidic, and Bacary Sagna all targets, but they are planned for the summer.

A surprise name that Mancini is looking at is Stoke City's Charlie Adam according to The Daily Mail. The former Liverpool player has been in great form for The Potters recently and has caught the eye of the Italian manager. Adam has scored five goals this season and is the club's top goal scorer. He scored against his former club Liverpool on Sunday in his side's 5-3 defeat.

Adam only signed for Stoke in 2012 and they would be reluctant to let him leave. It would be a great opportunity for the former Glasgow Rangers and Blackpool player to test himself on the Champions League stage though.

However Galatasaray are currently under pressure from the Turkish Football Federation regarding the transfers of foreign players.

The Federation last summer introduced a ruling that limits Turkish clubs to only having 10 foreign players registered in their squad.

Only six of those are permitted to be involved in the match day squad. The reigning Turkish champions already have 11 foreign players at the club, and Mancini is now looking to add more. This could prove to be a major obstacle for Mancini to come over if he wants to sign Charlie Adam and others.

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