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Galatasaray vice-president Timur: It was either Zaniolo or Ziyech

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Galatasaray vice-president Erden Timur admits they're delighted with the impact of January signing Nicolo Zaniolo.

Zaniolo is already impressing since his move from Roma and Timur says they looked at him and also Chelsea midfielder Hakim Ziyech.

Timer told Sky Italia's Gianluca di Marzio: “Last year we invested €90m, but the team finished 13th. The only difference is that we did not have Zaniolo.

“Zaniolo had been sold to Bournemouth for €29m+3m six days before Roma accepted our proposal of €15m, to be paid over five years.

“In the last days of the market we were looking for a player with those characteristics and we had identified two profiles: Hakim Ziyech and Niccolò Zaniolo.

“For both players it happened that their outright purchase negotiations had broken down and they could have turned out to be cheap bargains.

“We bought players with a higher value than their purchase price. We are working on a 30-year vision in order to clear the debts from previous market years."