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Galatasaray keen on Coentrao, according to reports in Turkey

Lionel Carole, the club's current left back, is likely to leave, and Igor Tudor has lined up Coentrao as his replacement. Gala are also interested in Pepe.

Fabio Coentrao.
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Istanbul could be Fabio Coentrao’s destination next summer, with Galatasaray showing an interest in the Portugese full back.

Coentrao has barely featured this season, through a combination of injury, and an inability to knock Marcelo out of the starting line up. Curiously, he maintains that his peripheral status is due to Zinedine Zidane, rather than himself.

Carole out, Coentrao in

The Turkish club’s current left back, Lionel Carole, is likely to leave for pastures new. Igor Tudor, the Galatasaray coach and a former teammate of Zinedine Zidane at Juventus, has Coentrao in mind as the replacement.

According to the local press in Turkey, Carole will be sold for a fee of between five and six million euros, which in turn, could be invested in Coentrao. A loan move is also an option. It has been suggested that the friendly relationship between Tudor and Zidance could help facilitate the move.

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Gala also fancy Pepe

In addition to Coentrao, reports in Turkey have suggested that Pepe, who scored against Atlético in the derby on Saturday, is also on Galatasaray’s shopping list. An obvious stumbling block is that the Turkish club would not be able to match highly-lucrative offers from the Chinese Super League.


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