Galatasaray boss wants Zaniolo to be ‘world class’ as talks continue

    Galatasaray are aiming to sign Roma striker Nicolo Zaniolo in the final days of the Turkish transfer window, coach Okan Buruk has confirmed.

    Amid interest from Serie A champions AC Milan, Zaniolo announced his desire to leave Roma last month, but the Italian has angered the club’s hierarchy by turning down a lucrative move to Bournemouth.

    José Mourinho described the possibility of Zaniolo staying at Roma as “unfortunate” just before the window closed for most European clubs, but the 23-year-old could still complete the move.

    Amid reports that Galatasaray are in talks to secure a deal worth more than 22 million euros for Zaniolo, Buruk praised the Italian.

    “Zaniolo is a world class player,” Buruk said after Galatasaray’s 2-1 victory over Trabzonspor on Sunday.

    “This is a player that we would like to see in the squad, even if we do not know exactly his relationship with Roma.

    “But if you ask me: “Do you want to see him in the team?” Of course I would like to have it.”

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