Turkish Super Lig defending champions Galatasaray have pulled off the signing of the summer for Turkish football with their latest transfer. The Istanbul club have signed world-class striker Radamel Falcao on a free transfer from AS Monaco on Monday.
The 33-year-old has inked a three-year contract with The Lions.
ACcording to the statement released by the club on Monday, the club will pay Falcao €5 million-per-season for three seasons.
Falcao was reported to have agreed to join the Turkish club as early as July however his previous club, AS Monaco, were holding out for a transfer fee which Galatasaray, ultimately, managed to avoid.
However, should Falcao be sold by Galatasaray in the future, they will pay 60% of any ransfer fee they receive to AS Monaco.
The Colombian international received a hero’s welcome at Istanbul after arriving via a private plane on Sunday evening. Over 25,000 fans gathered at Ataturk Airport to catch a glimpse of their new striker.
In addition to Falcao, Galatasaray also signed Mario Lemina from Southampton, Florin Andone from Bright & Hove Albion and Taylan Antalyali from Erzurumspor on Monday, the final day of the Turkish football transfer window.
Lemina has been brought in on a season-long loan with the option to buy the player for €16 million before June 30, 2020. He will earn €2.05 million during the 2019-2020 season.
Andone has also joined the Istanbul club on a one-year loan. Galatasaray have paid Brighton €700,000 for the player’s transfer.
Antalyali, on the other hand, has signed four-year contract with Galatasaray and will be paid 2 million Turkish Lira (TL) for the 2019-2020 season as well as receive a 4 million TL signing bonus.