Turkish side set to rival Liverpool for Anzhi striker
Galatasaray are set to go head to head with Liverpool over Anzhi striker, Lacina Traore, who the club are willing to part company with.
The Express are reporting that both Liverpool and Galatasaray are interested in signing the player but according to Dmitry Selyuk, the player’s agent, they join a list of clubs looking to sign the Ivorian.
The big Ivory Coast international has featured in three games this season, scoring once and assisting as many.
The 2012/2013 season was a successful one for striker as he scored 12 goals and assisted a further four in the league alone.
In the Europa League he added a further five goals to his tally as well as grabbing four assists.
The player will not be cheap as his agent quite clearly stated and the interest in the player is very high with many teams in Europe vying for the signature which will mean that pursuit of this player is very hard.
However, it seemed as though Traore was off to Juventus when the window re-opens in January after Dinamo Moscow boss, Dan Petrescu, said that he would not make a move for the player because he expected him to go to Italy.
But his agent has blown the transfer race wide open again, now a host of teams in Europe have been alerted to his availability.
Despite his agent adding fuel to the already burning fire, he does insist that Lacina enjoys playing for Anzhi and that the head coach, Gadzhi Gadzhiyev, has put faith in the striker.
Selyuk told Izvestia: “Recent developments have not changed Traore’s relationship with Anzhi.
“Moreover, he believes that the change of direction towards development will benefit the club.
“He loves to work with [new coach] Gadzhi Gadzhiyev, who has assured him that he counts on Lacina as the main striker.
“But I can’t deny that in the case of a decent proposal that suits both us and Anzhi, Lacina could still change club.
“The interest in Traore in Russia and Europe is quite large.
“Therefore, if we get a good offer in the winter I think the leadership of Anzhi will let him go.
“But there are not many teams that could afford to pay the price for the player.”