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Galatasaray linked with Manchester City midfielder Mateo Kovacic

Galatasaray have set their sights on Manchester City midfielder Mateo Kovacic, with reports emerging from Turkey suggesting that the Croatian international is a prime target for the January transfer window.

Since joining Manchester City, Kovacic has made a notable impact, featuring in 15 appearances for the club and earning starts in six Premier League matches. Despite his relatively recent arrival at the Etihad Stadium, the midfielder’s performance has not gone unnoticed, drawing interest from Galatasaray.

Mateo Kovacic
Mateo Kovacic

As per, Kovacic currently holds a market value of 38 million euros, reflecting his worth in the football transfer market. The Croatian international has a robust track record, having represented his national team in 97 games and contributing five goals to Croatia’s tally.

Reports from Turkish outlets indicate that Galatasaray’s head coach, Okan Buruk, has urged the club to pursue Kovacic during the January transfer window. However, any potential deal would likely take the form of a loan, an unexpected but not impossible move for a player contracted with Manchester City until 2027.

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Despite the interest and the potential loan arrangement, Manchester City’s willingness to let Kovacic depart in January appears minimal. The situation is compounded by the ongoing battle for fitness faced by key midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, making the prospect of releasing Kovacic a less likely scenario.


The unfolding transfer saga will undoubtedly capture the attention of football enthusiasts, but the challenges and complexities involved in securing Kovacic’s services on loan from Manchester City underscore the intricacies of mid-season transfers, particularly when pivotal players are contending with injuries.

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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.

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