Roma Repel Galatasaray Advances for Backup Fullback

Turkish clubs continue to set sights on Serie A players near the end of their window. Galatasaray reportedly made an attempt to purchase Zeki Celik from Roma. The fullback has failed to impress during his time in the Italian capital, but José Mourinho blocked his departure, Hurriyet informs (via Calciomercato).

The Giallorossi have three options on the right wing, the others being Rasmus Kristensen and Rick Karsdorp, plus Nicola Zalewski can adapt in a pinch. However, they had to exclude the Danish newcomer from the UEFA list due to their Financial Fair Play restrictions. Moreover, the former Lille staple could also be needed in the back.

Therefore, Galatasaray are unlikely to be successful in their attempt to sign Celik. He transferred to Italy in a €7M move last summer. He appeared 35 times last but didn’t become a full-time starter.

The Cimbon came an inch close to snapping up Matias Vecino from Lazio. Their vice president Erden Timur disclosed it in a presser (via Itasportpress).

“We have been pursuing him for two years. We struck a deal with him and Lazio. At the last minute, Maurizio Sarri didn’t okay his sale and even got angry because of it.”

Our Take on Celik and Galatasaray

Roma could have done it if the fee was proper, but they are too thin elsewhere to sell somebody even if they are set in his role.

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