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Fenerbahce join race for Sneijder; Gotze can leave for €37m in the summer

Fenerbahce join race for Sneijder

A report in Turkish newspaper Fanatik suggests that Fenerbahce are preparing a January assault on Inter star Wesley Sneijder.

The highly rated midfielder has been dropped from the squad after refusing to accept a pay cut and is almost certain to leave Giuseppe Meazza in January.

AC Milan and few other high-profile clubs are believed to be interested, but Fenerbahce have also joined the race for the experienced midfielder.

After signing Raul Meireles in the summer, the Turkish giants are eager to add another star player in the winter transfer window.

They have been closely following Kaka and Bafetimbi Gomis, but have now switched their attention towards Sneijder.

The Netherlands international is still held in high regard by top European clubs, despite going through a very rough patch at Giuseppe Meazza.

Gotze can leave for €37m in the summer

German magazine Sport Bild reports that Borussia Dortmund star Mario Gotze could leave the club at the end of the season.

Gotze, 20, is one of club’s biggest assets and has recently signed a new deal with the club that runs until June 2016.

However, Sport Bild understands that the contract contains a release clause that will be active from the summer of 2013.

The clause will allow interested clubs to sign the player for €37 million, while the amount will decrease as the player nears the end of his deal.

This will come as great news to the likes of Real Madrid and Arsenal, who have been closely following the Germany international.

After struggling with injury last term, Gotze has enjoyed a bright start to the new league campaign, scoring 4 goals and setting up another 3 in 12 Bundesliga fixtures.

Gotze has also started all of Borussia’s five Champions League games, scoring one goal in the process.

Benfica ponder Garay sale

Benfica could consider cashing in on star defender Ezequiel Garay at the end of the season, according to Record.

The Eagles tend to sell two star players every summer in order to balance the books and everything suggests the Argentine stopper will be one of those to leave next summer.

Garay developed into a key member of the side at Estadio da Luz soon after joining the club from Real Madrid, with his value increasing a great deal over the last year and a half.

The 26-year-old was only paid €5.5 million in the summer of 2011, meaning the Eagles are set to earn a substantial profit on the highly rated defender.

Garay was considered one of the most talented defenders in world football when he joined Real Madrid from Racing Santander, but he was never given a real chance to impress at Santiago Bernabeu.

He has since revived his career at Estadio da Luz, making 34 league appearances for the Eagles and scoring 2 goals in the process.

The Argentine has also made no less than 16 Champions League appearances for the club over the last two seasons.

For more news about football transfers and rumours, visit our Transfer News section. To view all football transfers for 2012/13 season, visit our Soccer Transfers section.

Wed 28 November, 2012
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