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Rafael da Silva told he can leave? Is he Turkey bound?

It has long been suspected that Rafael da Silva’s Manchester United career is over. Injuries played a part last season, but even when fit Louis van Gaal preferred Antonio Valencia or Paddy McNair in the right back role. It appears the Brazilian’s worst fears may now be realised, as he has been told he can find another club by United.

Although only fresh news it appears there are several suitors lining up for his services. Galatasaray appear to be the most likely destination, but apparent interest from Italy in the shape of Fiorentina and Napoli, and potentially two unnamed Premier League sides, give the Brazilians food for thought.

Speculation of Galatasaray’s interest dates back to the 16th June 2015, when the Daily Star led with story. Turkish news outlet AMK were touted as the source of the speculation. The involvement of the Turkish Champions seems to have more strength behind it than that of the others. The Manchester Evening News today claimed the Istanbul based side are heading the host of clubs interested.

Napoli appear to be second favourites. In the market for a right back, and are believed to be challenging Manchester United for the signature of Matteo Darmian, this summer, there may well be some truth in the rumour linking Rafael with a move to Naples. However, as with any news of a move to Fiorentina, any solid information is difficult to come by. It appears the links to Italy are fresh today. That is not to say there is nothing in them, mind. But when you sit and analyse what is on offer, Turkey seems the most likely of destinations.

It’s a crying shame Van Gaal doesn’t rate Rafael enough to include him in first team action. If it is true that he has been made surplus to requirements then there is no doubting United are losing a talent. A fan favourite for a number of reasons, the passion he has (though sometimes portrayed with recklessness) is second to none, he has the ability within him to be fantastic on his day. He can contribute well both in defence (as you would hope) and in attack, with goals and assists never an issue. Losing Rafael will be mourned by many United fans.

Quite why Louis van Gaal doesn’t rate him, only he knows. And the limited chances he gave the full back last season were a surprise to most, especially surrounding the selection of Antonio Valencia (a winger by trade) ahead of him when he was fit. But the news of him being told to go elsewhere is not a surprise when considering the courtship of Nathaniel Clyne, Seamus Coleman and Matteo Darmian.

So, it does appear that Rafael is on his way. And with the most likely club being Galatasaray – based purely on historical data, the rumours being started in June compared to today. However, a move to Napoli cannot be ruled out, perhaps on the premise that if United allow them to sign Rafael, Darmian would arrive at Old Trafford. What stands is that whoever signs him are getting themselves a very good player, and one that everyone wishes it had worked out for. Football is a cruel game.

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