Turkish outlet Fotomac claim they have ‘learned’ that SuperLig giants Galatasaray have ‘agreed’ a move to sign Leeds United defender Gjanni Alioski with the North Macedonia international’s contract set to expire in the summer.
Alioski, 28, has entered the final six months of his contract at Elland Road and before the turn of the year there were reports suggesting the left-footer was in talks to sign a new deal. But a new contract has not surfaced and Alioski is now allowed to talk to non-English sides over a pre-contract agreement.
Such a move would see the former FC Lugano man leave Leeds for nothing in the summer. He remains a crucial part of the Leeds side, having clocked up 152 appearances for the club since joining in the summer of 2017. Obviously, a move to Galatasaray is unlikely, given the history between the two sides in which Chris Loftus and Kevin Speight were murdered before a UEFA Cup clash in 2000.
Harry Kewell has made the move and has since been heavily criticised for the decision to join the Turkish side – having swapped Leeds for Liverpool in between. A move then is certainly one that has little chance of happening given the history and in-turn, the rivalry between the two sides.
But Alioski’s future does remain in doubt despite being a regular in the Leeds side, and impressing for his country as North Macedonia qualified for Euro 2021 – the first time they have ever reached a major tournament. Time will tell, but the report claims Gala have ‘agreed’ a move for Alioski. Whether there is a deal between player and club, and whether that is an immediate January transfer or a pre-contract agreement – remains to be seen.