Galatasaray have asked star striker Radamel Falcao to leave the club as they can no
longer afford his wages.
The Colombian striker arrived at Galatasaray in 2019, with 25,000 fans waiting for
him at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport. But after scoring 19 league goals in his two seasons
in Turkey, the former Atletico Madrid, Monaco, Chelsea, and Manchester United
striker has been told to look for a new club.
Galatasaray president Burak Elmas has said the club’s financial problems mean they
can no longer afford to keep Radamel Falcao or former West Ham midfielder Sofiane
Feghouli. ‘I talked to Falcao and Feghouli,’ he told reporters.
‘They provided very good services to us but with this wage structure, we can’t pay
their wages. We want them to find a club.’
Gala have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on ticket sales while
they suffered another financial hit last month when they were knocked out of the
Champions League by PSG Eindhoven.
Elmas added: ‘I hope they will respond and they will find a club for themselves in a
short time. ‘We part ways with good relations.
‘This is a management decision and we won’t consider them for the coming season.’
Gala’s embarrassing 7-2 aggregate defeat to PSV saw them drop them into the Europa
League, where they will meet Scottish Premiership side, St Johnstone.
Gala host last season’s Scottish Cup winners in the first leg of a third qualifying
round tie on Thursday before visiting McDiarmid Park the following week.