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Galatasaray sign Juan Mata and secure Mauro Icardi on loan

Galatasaray made the most of Turkey’s later transfer deadline, scooping up some highly experienced talent.

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ISTANBUL, TURKIYE - SEPTEMBER 08: Spanish football player Juan Mata (C), who has reached an agreement to join Galatasaray on a free transfer, is seen upon his arrival Istanbul Ataturk Airport General Aviation Terminal, (Photo by Yasin Aras/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
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Galatasaray have had a busy end to the Turkish transfer window, adding former Manchester United and Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata on a permanent deal, as well as Paris Saint-Germain striker Mauro Icardi on loan in a flurry of moves.

Icardi appears to be the jewel of their significant haul, still aged 29 with plenty of big-match experience, with Galatasaray able to position themselves as the beneficiaries of the Ligue 1 champions’ abundance of forward talent. Mata, 34, is clearly closer to the end of his career, but with 41 international caps for Spain and over 50 Premier League goals, he will bring a valuable level of experience to a side currently sitting seventh on the Super Lig table through five games.

New faces

Adding to their influx of talent, Galatasaray also paid €6million to secure 19-year-old winger Yusuf Demir from Rapid Vienna, and €1.75m for 21-year-old centre-back Mathias Ross from the Danish Superliga. Their late activity caps off a transfer period where they were also able to add former Napoli winger Dries Mertens on a free transfer, Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira for €6m and Benfica striker Haris Seferovic on a €1m loan.

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