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Mancini looking to capitalize on Galatasaray connection

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It is hardly a secret that Mancio is attempting to steal away some top talent from the likes of Manchester City, but his eye has recently wandered much further south, to the Turkish Süper Lig.

It is no secret that Inter manager Roberto Mancini has been looking to capitalize on his previous experience coaching major European clubs over the coming summer. It is hardly a secret that Mancio is attempting to steal away some top talent from the likes of Manchester City, but his eye has recently wandered much further south, to the Turkish Süper Lig.

Mancini coached Turkish giants Galatasaray during the 2013/14 season, and has reportedly reached out to two current Cimbom players, defenders Semih Kaya and Alex Telles.

Kaya is a 24-year-old Turkish international who plays center-back for both club and country. He is currently valued at about €10 million. In the interest of full disclosure, I will say I don't know much about Kaya's style of play or whether he would be a good fit for Inter. I will say that Kaya received the 'Süper Lig Young Player of the Year' award for the 2011/12 season, and that Inter are in desperate need of quality defenders.

Likewise, Telles is a bit of an unknown quantity as well. The 22-year-old Brazilian international has been described by some as an offensive left-back who is a skilled, quick, playmaking defender. Telles is currently valued in the range of €6 million. Again, I can't personally speak for his talents or abilities, but I would emphasize that Inter are in desperate need of quality defenders.

The one thing I can say for each of these players is that Mancini worked with both of them and obviously trusts them. That in itself is a check-mark in the 'good' column in my book. Also, getting two young-but-not-too-young defenders who have proven themselves on a competitive Champions League side would be huge for Inter at this point.