Turkish giants deny transfer links

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Turkish giants Galatasaray have rejected rumours linking them with summer moves for Arsenal midfielder Andrey Arshavin and Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov.

With both players facing uncertain futures at their respective Premier League clubs, the Super Lig side have been credited with an interest in bringing them to Istanbul.

Arshavin spent the second half of last season on loan at Zenit St Petersburg in his native Russia, while Berbatov was forced to watch the majority of United's campaign last year from the confines of the substitutes bench.

Despite commanding significant transfer fees when they signed for their current employers, both foreign imports are expected to depart these shores in cut-price deals ahead of the 2012-13 campaign.

Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken of his intentions to let Berbatov leave Old Trafford for the right price, and Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is also reportedly open to offers for Arshavin.

According to reports, Galatasaray have also been monitoring the situations of AC Milan forward Alexandre Pato and Real Madrid hit-man Gonzalo Higuain, as the club looks to strengthen considerably during the transfer window.

"Reports regarding the club's interest in a number of players, such as Andrey Arshavin, Dimitar Berbatov, Alexandre Pato and Gonzalo Higuain, does not reflect the truth," read a statement on the Turkish outfit's official website.

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