Galatasaray linked with move for former Chelsea winger Salomon Kalou
Photo courtesy Turkish-Football.com
June 27, 2012 
 
ISTANBUL - Galatasaray have rekindled interest in Salomon Kalou following Chelsea's decision to release the Ivory Coast international as a free agent.

The Istanbul club had offered a four-year contract worth in the region of €3-4 million per season during the winter transfer window however, the deal later fell through.

Galatasaray are now reported to have restarted talks with Kalou's agent Rodger Linse. The Lions hope the lure of regular first team and Champions League football in addition to an attractive salary will help secure the deal.

Kalou's compatriot Emmanuel Eboué has also been encouraging the 26-year-old winger into making the move.

The Lions are currently active in the transfer market looking for a suitable left winger ahead of their Champions League campaign.

Kalou's ability to play on either wing as well as upfront has made him highly sought-after by the Istanbul club.

Galatasaray struggled down the left side of midfield last season, Albert Riera failed to live up to expectations, forcing Manager Fatih Terim into playing Emre Çolak out of position on the wing.

Kalou joined Chelsea in 2006 on a €4 million move from PSV. The Ivory Coast international went on to score 60 goals in 254 appearances for the Blues and started in Chelsea's Champions League final victory against Bayern Munich.
 
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