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The protracted saga to take the Brazilian midfielder to Turkey hit the rocks due to portions of the fee having to be divided out internally

Felipe Melo's failed transfer from Juventus to Galatasaray was apparently down to the Turkish club's management demanding excessive cuts of the transfer fee required to complete the deal, according to Sabah.

The dynamic Brazilian defensive midfielder impressed during a loan spell at the Turk Telecom arena after being told he was surplus to requirements following two underwhelming seasons in Turin.

With 12 goals in 36 appearances to his name, Melo proved instrumental in guiding the Istanbul giants to the Super Lig title, following which Galatasaray had the option to enable a permanent transfer with the payment of an pre-arranged fee of €13 million.

The drawn-out transfer process saw both clubs fail to reach an agreement however, with the Turks offer of €6.5m falling far short of Juventus' valuation of the player.

Galatasaray's failure to raise the necessary funds is the direct result of the demands of the club's vice-president, coach and Melo's agent to take a cut of any transfer fee handed to their Serie A counterparts.

The failure to muster a fee has seen other suitors of Melo in the form of Spartak Moscow emerge in the race for the midfielder's signature.


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