Galatasaray have signed attacking midfielder Younes Belhanda from Dynamo Kiev for €8m (£7m) with add-ons.
The 27-year-old French-Moroccan will put pen to paper officially on 6 July in a deal expected to provide added creativity to a Galatasaray side over-reliant on Wesley Sneijder to unlock teams from the middle of the park.
DONE DEAL: Galatasaray have completed the signing of Younès Belhanda from Dynamo Kiev for an initial €8m.
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Belhanda joined Dynamo Kiev from Montpellier in 2013 but has enjoyed mixed success.
Despite winning back-to-back titles he has not improved upon his extraordinary form in France and has since shown inconsistency.
The midfielder has had a string of loans since leaving Montpellier, seconding half of the 2015/16 season on loan at Schalke before joining OGC Nice for the 2016/17 campaign.
At Nice, Belhanda made 36 appearances, scored three goals and provided three assists in Ligue 1.
But his career highlight remains lifting the the Ligue 1 title in 2011/12 thanks to his excellent partnership with Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud.
A traditional number 10, Belhanda thrives between the lines and making late runs into the box. His defensive contribution is generally weak but he makes up for it with dynamic running in the final third.
At the very worst, Belhanda will contribute around 10 goals and assists combined in a low-scoring league.
The upside could be huge for the Turkish club if Belhanda adapts well and reaches his huge potential, the club need to phase out 33-year-old Sneijder sooner rather than later.
This is Galatasaray’s second big more of the summer – having secured Bafetimbi Gomis from Swansea City.
The parallels between Gomis’ style of play and Giroud’s when at Montpellier are obvious and could make for an interesting Super Lig title race next season.