Johan Elmander is set to leave Bolton this summer under the Bosman ruling with Turkey being the likely destination. Galatasaray president, Ünal Aysal has confirmed the interest in bringing the Swedish forward to the club.
Galatasaray have already entered talks with Elmander’s agent about a possible move. With Bolton looking unlikely to negotiate a new contract with the striker it seems as though he will be plying his trade abroad next season. With the Swede’s contract expiring at the end of the season he has been singled out as the number one target for the Istanbul club who will sign him as a free agent in the summer.
Galatasaray have struggled in front of goal this season and Elmander is seen as the man who can fire them back up the table again next season. After a disappointing campaign for the club, there is expected to be a rejuvenation of the squad, starting with the Swedish international. The Bolton player is unlikely to make a great goal scoring impact at the club however, after only contributing 18 goals in 91 league appearances for the Trotters.
Things were looking up for the forward at the beginning of this campaign as he found goal scoring form putting him at the top end of the goal scoring charts in the Premier League. As the season has progressed, the Swede’s form has deteriorated culminating with an extremely poor performance in the FA Cup semi-final when utilised in midfield.
After being signed in 2008 for around £8mill it would be a huge loss for Bolton if they are to let him go this summer. Galatasaray on the other hand may not be getting the goal machine they hope for but on a free he is still a positive signing for the Turkish club.
This will come as unwelcome news to Newcastle United who were certainly favourites to land a player that under Owen Coyle had become a very desirable summer transfer target.
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