Ezgjan Alioski has reportedly agreed a deal in principle to join Galatasaray from Leeds United, according to Fotospor.
The Turkish news outlet claims Marcelo Saracchi’s contract at Galatasaray expires at the end of the season and that has prompted the Istanbul club to seek out a new left-back.
It is understood that Alioski is one of the lowest earners at Leeds and ended up considering a deal that was offered to him by Galatasaray.
Alioski started against Newcastle on Tuesday night to earn his 17th Premier League appearance of the season.
Alioski must realise history between two clubs
In November, The Athletic’s Phil Hay reported that Alioski was closer than anyone at Elland Road to signing a new contract.
It has been two months since then and the 28-year-old North Macedonia international looks as though he could snub that new deal at Elland Road in favour of a move to Galatasaray.
Alioski has played a big role in the transformation of the Yorkshire club with him being one of the first Victor Orta signings at Elland Road to becoming a regular starter in the Premier League.
We do love Gjanni but if he joins Galatasaray, you can forget that.
If there’s one club in the world we don’t want him to join, it is them.
Kevin Speight and Christopher Loftus were stabbed to death by Galatasaray fans ahead of the 2000 UEFA Cup semi-final between Leeds and the Turkish club in Istanbul.
It may have been almost 21 years ago since that happened but there’s still a massive element of soreness whenever we see Galatasaray mentioned alongside Leeds.
Harry Kewell ruined his legacy at Elland Road by joining the Turkish club and we’re afraid to say that Alioski might do that too.
Let’s hope there’s nothing in this story but as the left-back’s Leeds contract expires in the summer, he can be approached on pre-contract deals by teams outside of England.
In other Leeds United news, Steve McManaman blasted this one Elland Road ace in the win over Newcastle.