The Frenchman, who arrived at the Etihad Stadium in 2011 from fellow Premier League side Arsenal, was one of many to leave City as part of a defensive exodus this summer – thus ending his six-year exodus with the club.
Confirmation of this transfer was announced via Başakşehir’s official Twitter account this evening and it has been widely reported that the 31-year-old has signed a three-year deal with last season’s Turkish Super Lig runners-up.
DONE DEAL: İstanbul Başakşehir confirm the signing of Gael Clichy on a free transfer, after his contract at Man City came to an end. pic.twitter.com/tQHlnCR0M7
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) July 6, 2017
This move will enable the left-back to link up with former Gunners and City teammate Emmanuel Adebayor, who signed for Basaksehir in January after a failed stint with Crystal Palace in the Premier League during the 2015/2016 campaign.
Clichy played 25 times in the Premier League last season for City, of which 21 saw him feature in the full 90 minutes, but Pep Guardiola’s desire for a squad overhaul saw him allowed to leave at the end of his contract.