Manchester United ready to sell Rafael for under £10m

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Galatasaray are leading the race to sign Manchester United's unwanted right-back Rafael Da Silva, reports the Manchester Evening News.

The Brazilian right-back had been widely tipped to leave Old Trafford this summer with both Nathaniel Clyne and Dani Alves targeted as replacements.

However, Clyne has since joined Liverpool while Alves has committed his future to Barcelona, leaving Louis van Gaal with few alternatives in the transfer market.


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But despite seeing two key targets slip through his fingers, the Dutchman is still ready to let Rafael, the only senior right-back at the club, leave for less than £10m.

There are several clubs interested, including two unnamed Premier League outfits, but it is Turkish giants Galatasaray who are currently leading the race.

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Turkish transfer delight

It is the latest transfer saga involving both an unwanted Manchester United star and one of Turkey's big two clubs, Galatasaray and Fenerbahce.

It is the latter of the two who have recently completed a deal for Luis Nani and are also reportedly leading the chase for Robin van Persie.

They have offered the striker an incredible four-year deal worth £250,000-a-week and are waiting to see if he can negotiate an exit fee with United. He is currently asking for the Red Devils to pay £12m up front for him to leave.

Galatasaray were also interested in a deal for the 31-year-old but confirmed last month that the financial package Van Persie was demanding was above and beyond what they were able to offer.

Rafael's decision

The big money that is obviously on offer in the Turkish Super Lig will no doubt be a tempting proposition for Rafael. He will also be given the chance to play Champions League football in the majority of campaigns.

However, the level of competition in Turkey is nowhere near that of the Premier League and it is reported that both Napoli and Fiorentina are both considering offers. Again, Turkey is where the biggest pay day will be, but Rafael must first decide where he sees his career going.


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