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Mauro Icardi and Juan Mata latest stars set to join Turkish giants Galatasaray

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GALATASARAY have confirmed negotiations to sign Paris Saint-Germain striker Mauro Icardi on loan and Juan Mata on a free transfer.

The Turkish side have been in talks to land Argentine ace Icardi for over two weeks in their attempt to bolster their attack.

PSG striker Mauro Icardi is in Istanbul ahead of his loan switch to Galatasaray

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PSG striker Mauro Icardi is in Istanbul ahead of his loan switch to GalatasarayCredit: Getty
Former Manchester United star Juan Mata is set to join the Turkish side on a free transfer

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Former Manchester United star Juan Mata is set to join the Turkish side on a free transferCredit: PA

And they have also turned to former Manchester United star Mata to bring in much-needed creativity with the club languishing in seventh spot after five games.

Commenting on Icardi, Galatasaray tweeted: “Official negotiations have started with Paris Saint-Germain regarding the temporary transfer of professional football player Mauro Icardi.”

This was followed up by a series of posts showing Icardi on the plane to Istanbul, before being hounded by fans after touching down.

And Galatasaray then announced they are closing in on securing Mata’s services following his release at Old Trafford.

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The 34-year-old had been linked with a return to his native Spain to join Real Betis.

A statement from Galatasaray read: “Official negotiations have started with the football player regarding the transfer of professional football player Juan Mata to our club.”

And the club also confirmed a loan deal to sign Norwich’s Milot Rashica and the permanent transfers of Mathias Ross from Aalborg BK and Yusuf Demir from Rapid Vienna.

According to Turkish journalist Yagiz Sabuncuoglu, Galatasaray are also in talks to sign former Everton magician James Rodriguez on loan from Qatari side Al-Rayyan.

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It has been claimed that Rodriguez wants to return to Europe, with only the matter of his salary needed to be discussed.

Al-Rayann are said to be open to a 50-50 split, but Galatasaray are only willing to pay a third of his £5.2million-a-year wages.

Galatasaray have been been busy in the summer transfer market having already signed Lucas Torreira from Arsenal for £5.5m.

Dries Mertens was also snapped up on a free, while the likes of Sergio Oliveira, Fredrik Midtsjo and Leo Dubois made moves to the Nef Stadium.



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