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Galatasaray ready to ‘push’ for signature of four-time Champions League winner in January



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Manchester City midfielder Mateo Kovacic is set to be subject to January transfer interest from Galatasaray, despite penning a four-year deal at the Etihad Stadium in June.

The 29-year-old completed an initial £25 million move to Manchester City from Chelsea in the summer, and scored his first goal for the Sky Blues on Tuesday, netting during the FIFA Club World Cup semi-final win over Urawa Red Diamonds.

Kovacic scored Manchester City’s second goal in the 52nd minute, with the Croatian handed his 14th start of the season by Pep Guardiola in Saudi Arabia.

The former Chelsea and Real Madrid midfielder was a replacement for Ilkay Gundogan at the Etihad Stadium, after the German international completed a free transfer to Barcelona after choosing against signing a new contract.

Kovacic featured 37 times for Chelsea last season and is a four-time UEFA Champions League winner, having won the competition during his time at Stamford Bridge and with La Liga giants Real Madrid.

The Croatian has featured in 19 matches for Manchester City so far this season, but has been linked with a potential shock move to Turkey in the January transfer window, with Galatasaray lining up an audacious bid.

Sport Witness relay a report by outlet Aksam, which claim that the Super Lig side are ready to ‘push all conditions’ to sign Kovacic, with an outlined payment structure of an initial loan with the option to buy next summer.

Galatasaray vice-president Erden Timur is further claimed to have personally ‘made a move’ for the signature of Kovacic.

Manchester City are set to lose Kalvin Phillips during the upcoming transfer window, with the Englishman expected to leave the Etihad Stadium amid interest from Juventus, Tottenham and Newcastle United.

Phillips has made just two starts for Manchester City so far this season, and is bidding to be part of Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the European Championship in Germany.