Galatasaray are closing in on the signing of Ezgjan Alioski when his contract runs out this summer
Ezgjan Alioski has agreed a deal that will see him leave Leeds United at the end of this season.
That’s according to football website Football Insider, who claim they’ve got the exclusive on the North Macedonian’s future.
Alioski is a free agent at the end of the season, and as per the rules, he’s allowed to talk to other clubs from January. That seems to be what has happened here, and Galatasaray are believed to be the club in question.
It will bring to an end his four-year spell at Elland Road in which he has became something of a cult hero player among supporters and an immensely popular member of the squad.
After joining Leeds as an attacking midfielder from Swiss side Lugano, Alioski has played 162 times for the club and 20 of 29 games this season. Most of those have came at left-back, a position which he has transitioned into well in Marcelo Bielsa’s unique system.
But after failing to agree a long-term deal in recent months, it seems he’s off to Turkey in the summer, with Galatasaray once again targeting players in the final year of their contract to strengthen. They signed DeAndre Yedlin from Newcastle this January after exploiting a similar situation.
Alioski’s move may not be popular among Leeds fans though, with the two clubs sharing an ugly past, which stemmed from two Leeds fans being murdered in Istanbul ahead of a UEFA Cup semi-final back in 2000.