Galatasaray have claimed that the club cooled their interest in a summer move for Lassana Diarra due to the Marseille midfielder's extravagant wage demands.
Diarra, 31, was one of OM's stand-out performers last season, recapturing the form that had convinced clubs such as Arsenal, Chelsea and Real Madrid to sign him in the past. That form earned him a recall to the France squad for Euro 2016, although he eventually missed the tournament through injury.
His displays prompted interest from a number...
Galatasaray have signed Nigel de Jong from LA Galaxy on a two-year contract.
A Major League Soccer source told ESPN FC earlier this week that it was "quite likely" that a deal would go through before the close of the transfer window.
And Galatasaray confirmed news of the move for De Jong, who joined Galaxy from AC Milan just prior to the 2016 season, via their official Twitter account on Thursday.
Marseille captain Lassana Diarra could join Galatasaray after Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev said that his club had turned down the chance to sign the midfielder.
Diarra, 31, wants to leave Marseille and L'Equipe reported on Wednesday that he had been involved in lengthy negotiations with Turkish side Galatasaray over a three-year deal.
Speaking on RMC radio on Tuesday evening, Vasilyev said Monaco had previously been sounded out about potential interest in the France international.
LA Galaxy midfielder Nigel de Jong is in talks to join Turkish side Galatasaray, with an MLS league source telling ESPN FC it is "quite likely" that the deal will be completed prior to the close of the European transfer window on Thursday.
Turkish and Dutch outlets were the first to report the news, while ESPN FC television analyst Taylor Twellman also confirmed the Turkish club's interest.
The former Dutch international joined the Galaxy just prior to the 2016 season, making 21 league and cup appearances....