Galatasaray Interested in Napoli's Ivan Strinic Following Poor Performances From Current Full-Back

Thursday July 20th, 2017

​Galatasaray are reportedly interested in signing Napoli's Ivan Strinic this summer with the Turkish side's boss Igor Tudor not being impressed by the performances of defender Lionel Carole.

Strinic made 21 appearances for Napoli last season, registering two assists as well as four yellow cards. The Croatian, who recently celebrated his 30th birthday, has racked up 39 international caps, and according to NTVSpor, Galatasaray believe they can bring Strinic into the club for only €3m.

Napoli's Croatian defender Ivan Strinic (L) fights for the ball with Juventus' Argentinan forward Paulo Dybala during the Italian Tim Cup football match between Juventus and Napoli on February 28, 2017, at the Juventus Stadium in Turin. / AFP / Marco BERTORELLO (Photo credit should read MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)
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Tudor is said to have requested that efforts to bring Strinic into the club be stepped up after a poor performance from current left back Lionel Carole in the club's recent pre-season friendly against Ostersunds.


Napoli would likely be willing to see their man go. At 30, Strinic isn't bringing too much to the team and Faouzi Ghoulam has a pretty solid starting spot in place. Having loaned in Mario Rui from Roma for the season, the squad would already be set on the left side of defence if Strinic was to leave.

Galatasaray have already been busy on the transfer front this summer, bringing four new players into the Ali Sami Yen Stadium, reinforcing in all areas of the pitch.


The defence has undergone a slight reshuffle - Sevilla's Mariano has arrived at right back for a reported £4m, as well as the £6m signing of Maicon from Sao Paulo at centre back.


In the middle of the park, attacking midfielder Younes Belhanda has arrived from Dynamo Kyiv for just under £7m and the front line has also seen a new addition - Swansea's Bafetimbi Gomis arriving for around £2m.


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