Latest reports from Turkish media suggests that Kasimpasa’s in-form striker Mbaye Diagne has ignited interest from Turkish giants Galatasaray. Diagne was earlier linked with Leeds United in the summer, but the move fell through as the forward didn’t have a requisite work permit to play in England. A few days earlier, reports came out that United were tracking the development of the striker, however, with European giants Galatasaray entering the frame, things could turn problematic for the Whites.
United have had a good start to the season but they are currently reeling with injuries especially in the attacking half of the pitch as both their main strikers Kemar Roofe and Patrick Bamford are out. Diagne has taken the Turkish league by storm ever since he moved to Kasimpasa in January from Chinese outfit Tianjin Teda.
Reports came out that Leeds United’s scouts were present in attendance to watch Kasimpasa play against Alanyaspor. Diagne’s side lost the game two goals to one, but the Senegalese striker was once again on the scoresheet. He has taken his season’s tally to 8 goals in just six games, and therefore one cannot blame Galatasaray for being interested in the striker after the performances he has shown since the turn of the year. His overall tally for the Turkish side now stands at 20 goals and 2 assists in 23 appearances.
The 26-year-old recently gave an interview where he openly suggested that he would like to move to a big three club(Of Turkey). The Senegalese was quoted as saying,’’ I would like to be the top goalscorer. If I had transferred at the beginning of the season last year, I would have surpassed Gomis. To take my career to the next level and if they reach a deal with my club, I would play for one of the Big Three. But I’m very happy at Kasimpasa now, that’s why I signed a contract extension. I’ll continue to do the best I can here to continue my career.’’
Fenerbahce, Besiktas and Galatasaray are considered to be the big three of Turkish football, and the entry of Galatasaray to sign him would certainly weaken the Whites’ chances of signing him.
Diagne signed a new contract with the club in August only. Earlier in the summer, it was reported that Diagne was available at £3.6m, but it seems highly unlikely that the Turkish outfit would now let their red-hot striker leave for such meagre amount.
Beating Galatasaray for the signature would be tough as they can also offer the forward a chance to play in the Champions League. Maybe Diagne is another striker who is going to slip through the hands of United. Or perhaps we can have some twist in the tale by January. Only time would tell what the future holds for this striker.
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