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Galatasaray appeal over ban from UEFA competitions rejected by CAS

Galatasaray would have qualified for Europe due to winning the Turkish Cup.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has rejected an appeal from Galatasaray to overturn a one-season ban from UEFA competitions for breaking the governing body's financial fair play (FFP) regulations.

UEFA imposed the one-year European ban on Galatasaray in March and also threatened an extension of the sanctions unless the club bring their wage bill under control.

Galatasaray would have secured qualification for the 2016-17 Europa League courtesy of winning the Turkish Cup in May.

But a CAS...

By ESPN Staff

Galatasaray sign Turkey international defender Serdar Aziz from Bursaspor

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Turkey international defender Serdar Aziz has joined Galatasaray from fellow Turkish club Bursaspor.

The 25-year-old, who has represented his country nine times, has signed a four-year deal with Jan Olde Riekerink's side.

Centre-back Aziz told his new club's website: "It is a great day for me, I'm very happy.

"I'm lucky to be at a club world giant. My responsibility will be great. I am a person with goals and I will fight to give Galatasaray my best."

Aziz, who missed out on Turkey's Euro 2016 squad,...

 By PA Sport

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli may join Besiktas - agent

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti says Mario Balotelli's behaviour has improved significantly despite a poor season at AC Milan.
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Liverpool misfit Mario Balotelli could be sold to Besiktas if his agent can strike a deal with the Turkish club.

The Italy international spent last season on loan at AC Milan and his representative Mino Raiola was told as early as February to find him a new home this summer.

Having looked at options in China it now seems Turkey is the preferred destination for a striker who scored just four goals in 28 appearances.

"I offered Mario to Besiktas and I'm waiting for their answer,'' Raiola told the...

Liverpool accept £5.5m bid for Martin Skrtel from Fenerbahce - sources

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Martin Skrtel picked up an injury last December and struggled to break back into the first team at Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool.

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel is on the verge of a move to Fenerbahce, sources have told ESPN FC.

Fenerbahce have tabled an offer of €7 million (£5.5m) for the defender and Liverpool have accepted the bid with Skrtel well down the pecking order in Jurgen Klopp's plans.

Skrtel, 31, only started four games for Liverpool after January following an injury picked up in a defeat to Watford in December.

And the centre-back found himself behind Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho in Klopp's plans...

Ronaldinho closing in on Antalyaspor move - sources

ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes takes you around the world of social media in the latest edition of The Sweeper.

Brazil icon Ronaldinho is closing in on a move to Turkey with Antalyaspor, sources in Turkey have told ESPN FC.

Ronaldinho, who has been without a club since leaving Fluminense last September, has no plans to hang up his boots and plans to continue playing.

The 36-year-old was strongly linked with a move to the Turkish side last summer, but it failed to materialise in the end.

Antalyaspor signed Ronaldinho's former Barcelona teammate Samuel Eto'o last summer and the ambitious club are keen to...