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Thursday October 3 2019
France call Matuidi, but not Rabiot

Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi is in the France squad to face Iceland and Turkey, but not his club teammate Adrien Rabiot.

Coach Didier Deschamps named the side that will take on Iceland on Friday October 11 and host Turkey on Monday October 14 in their Euro 2020 qualifiers.

There is only one Serie A based player and it is veteran midfielder Matuidi, who seems to have found a new lease of life under Maurizio Sarri in Turin.

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Thursday September 5 2019
Roma dealt Cengiz blow

Roma winger Cengiz Under has left Turkey’s training camp after suffering a thigh injury.

Cengiz was called up for Turkey’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against Andorra and Moldova.

However, it was confirmed on Thursday that the 22-year-old had picked up a problem in his right hamstring.

He will return to Roma’s Trigoria training base tomorrow, where he will undergo tests to ascertain the extent of his injury.

The Giallorossi have also lost Leonardo Spinazzola, Davide Zappacosta and Diego Perotti to layoffs in recent weeks.

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Monday September 2 2019
Official: Skrtel returns to Turkey

Former Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has officially joined Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir on the same day he was released by Atalanta.

Skrtel signed for Atalanta on August 9 but left on Monday without making a single appearance, his place taken by Sevilla loanee Simon Kjaer.

The 34-year-old was not a free agent for long as Basaksehir confirmed in the evening that he had signed for them.

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Tuesday August 27 2019
Report: Fener join Dalbert race

The Dalbert saga threatens to take another twist as it is claimed Fenerbahce have joined the race for the Inter left-back.

Dalbert seemed to be edging towards Fiorentina in exchange for Cristiano Biraghi after former club Nice could not agree terms with Inter.

However, Turkish outlet Skor is now reporting the Brazilian could move to Fener on loan.

Furthermore, there is no mention of Fiorentina in the report – only that they are ‘in competition’ with Nice.

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Thursday August 15 2019
Nzonzi arrives for Galatasaray

Roma midfielder Steven Nzonzi has arrived to complete his loan move to Galatasaray.

Gala tweeted Nzonzi touching down in Istanbul on Thursday evening.

The 30-year-old will join the Turkish champions on an initial season-long loan with an option or obligation to buy next summer.

What is for certain, however, is that they will cover the entirety of his salary, estimated to be in the €3-4m region.

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Thursday August 15 2019
Roma to sign Turkey starlet

Roma are set to sign highly-rated Turkish defender Mert Cetin from Genclerbirligi for a fee of around €3m.

Il Tempo and Gianluca Di Marzio both report the deal is done, while Fanatik spotted the 22-year-old with his agent, ready to jet into the Italian capital to complete his move.

Whereas Italian sources state the Giallorossi are paying €3.5m for his services, its Turkish counterpart has down a figure of €3m.

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Monday July 29 2019
Demiral as decisive as De Ligt

Juventus must embrace Merih Demiral, as Anthony Barbagallo insists the Turkish centre-back boasts the same potential as Matthijs de Ligt. 

Juventus look like they are juggling with two different projects at this current time. The Bianconeri have made a drastic coaching change and have added some new key signings to the squad – hoping these acquisitions can instantly solve the Old Lady’s Champions League drought. 

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Friday July 26 2019
Report: Burak 'pushes' for Lecce

Besiktas and Turkey striker Burak Yilmaz is reportedly ‘pushing’ for a move to Serie A new boys Lecce.

Lecce have been linked with Burak all summer, but a deal with Besiktas has so far proved elusive.

However, Tuttomercatoweb maintains the 35-year-old is still keen on joining the Salentini and recently underwent preventative surgery to prepare himself for the move.

The website concludes next week ‘may be the one’ that takes the former Lazio target to Apulia.

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Friday July 5 2019
Official: Juventus sign Demiral

Juventus have officially purchased Turkish defender Merih Demiral from Sassuolo for €18m, with a contract to June 2024.

A statement was released this evening confirming the deal, which has been largely done for several weeks now.

“Juventus Football Club S.p.A. announces that the agreement with U.S. Sassuolo Calcio S.r.l. for the definitive acquisition of the registration rights of the player Merih Demiral has been finalized for a consideration of € 18 million payable in four financial years.

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Thursday July 4 2019
Heurtaux & Cerci demand unpaid wages

Ex-Udinese defender Thomas Heurtaux claims Turkish side Ankaragucu have not paid him for nine months.

Heurtaux joined Ankaragucu last summer but played just five times for the club, who have been beset by financial problems.

“Hello Ankaragucu, thank you for having wished me a happy birthday,” the 31-year-old tweeted.

“If you want to give me a gift, you can pay me one month’s salary [for] the nine that are unpaid. See you on Monday.”

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