The 2021/2022 season was complicated for Galatasaray in the league anyway. Because yes, if the Istanbul Lions finished thirteenth in the Premier League – their worst ranking since its inception in 1905, they would have finished top of their Group E in the European League, ahead of Lazio Roma and Olympique de Marseille. However, the elimination against FC Barcelona in the round of 16 put an end to GSK’s European adventure and brought it back to the reality of the tournament. Domènec Torrent’s men, a former assistant to Pep Guardiola, have managed to limit the damage over the past two months. However, this was far from enough for the new management of the Istanbul club: to exit the Catalan technician, and make way for the former home of Okan Boruk, the Turkish champion already with Basakkir in 2020.
Leading the new Yellow and Red Council is a name that is not really strange on the Bosphorus side: in fact, it was elected by 1,541 votes (41 more than its runner-up) this summer to succeed outgoing Mustafa Cengiz, and Burak Elmas was previously a member of the board of directors of the oldest club in football history Turkish three times (1998-2001, 2002-2003, 2018). A new commander arrives with great ambitions to restore the image of Aslanlar. “He’s not really a new president, he’s back at the club. He was elected in June and came with promises and ambitions for the title after a disastrous season. The club has had to recruit important players, with chances to take advantage of this summer transfer window, which ends a week after the first five transfer window.Explains the player’s agent Matteo Markaroglu.
and these ‘Important players’ Not long after, access was made by Nave Stadyumu. Indeed, during the last summer transfer window, Galatasaray aimed to boost its workforce by drawing from several European teams, even if the players in question were no longer very popular in their own squads: on the sender’s side, at the start of the transfer window. We find Arsenal (Lucas Torreira, €6m), Napoli (Dries Mertens, free), Benfica (Harris Seferovic, €1m paid loan) or Olympique Lyonnais (Leo Dubois, 2.5m). And in the last moments, GSK offered no less than five recruits: by official order, Argentine Mauro Icardi (on loan from Paris Saint-Germain) and Austrian Yosef Demir (Rapid Wien, €6 million excluding bonus), and Dane Mathias. Ross Jensen (Aalborg BK, €1.75 million), Kosovar Milot Rashica (Norwich, loan) and Spaniard Juan Mata (Manchester United, free).
The arrival of famous players is the first promise kept by the new president, facilitated by a transfer period that ends later on the Anatolian side: “Big names are nothing new in Turkey. With the transfer window ending after a week, there are always opportunities for Turkish clubs. That’s what happened with Icardi, for Paris it’s better to send him to a European championship than to MLS or Latin America. They only support 750 thousand euros. From his salary of 6.75 million euros, so it’s also a great deal for Galatasaray. An eventual winning transfer for all three sides: the player benefits from more first-team playing time, FC Istanbul benefits from a boost in attack and PSG no longer keeps a frustrated player in their ranks and thus reduces their workforce, which was the first testament of Christoph Galtier , accompanied by Luis Campos, upon his arrival at the Capital Club.
Redemption process for lions
Regarding the athlete, Galatasaray is ready to do anything to make people forget the last exercise of their first team in the league and the goal is clear. “The goal of this new team is to win back the hearts of the fans, start the season and make big transfers”Influential Turkish transfer market agent Matteo Markaroglu explains, before recalling the disappointment of GSK followers. “The fans were very disappointed after last season, but with the new president and his promises, they quickly moved forward. As happened with the arrival of Okan Boruk, former club member (306 games, 46 goals and 55 assists, editor’s note) and champion with Basaseker two years ago. Little by little. They have advanced in terms of transfers. Therefore, the position was important for the new management and the new coach, who achieved success in his start to the season with three wins in 5 matches and seventh place, three points behind the leader and rival Besiktas.
If the attack is not effective yet (4 goals in 5 matches), then the defense for him (2 goals, the third best player in the tournament) holds up and allows the lions to stay in contact with the top of the picture. By incorporating the newest recruits into the workforce, Okan Borok will be spoiled for choice for his eleven and thus finding the balance he needs, even if he does run into some headaches. Take the attacking head, for example: In addition to Bafétimbi Gomis, signings with Seferovic and Icardi can cause ego problems for the Turkish coach, who plays only 9 in 4-2-3-1. “Overall, everything went as we wanted. I am very happy as a coach. We have made synergies with the upcoming players and our management unit with us. I am very excited when I see what we have been through and what we are going through.”said the 48-year-old technician. With all these weapons, it is up to him to bring the Istanbul lions back to the throne of Turkish football…