Turkish giants want free Blues defender

Ashley Cole is being lined up by Turkish club Galatasaray, according to reports in the Mirror.

The Chelsea defender is out of contract at the end of the season, and can leave for free should Chelsea decide not to offer the Englishman a new deal. And Galatasaray, Chelsea’s most recent Champions League opponents, want to sign the left-back.

Cole could find himself joining former Chelsea teammate Didier Drogba at Galatasaray. The Ivorian forward left the Blues just months after scoring the winning penalty in the 2012 Champions League final, and eventually found himself at Galatasaray after a brief spell in China.

Jose Mourinho is keen on keeping Cole, but the defender has been replaced in the Blues first team by right-back Cesar Azpilicueta, who is keeping the Englishman on the bench despite playing on the opposite flank that he was used to. And with Chelsea heavily linked with a move for Luke Shaw, Cole’s playing days at Stamford Bridge seem to be limited.

Monaco and surprisingly Liverpool have both been linked with the full-back, but Galatasaray seem the most keen to make a move for the experienced defender, who has over 100 caps for his country. Chelsea’s current policy means they would only offer a 1-year deal for Cole as he is over 30-years-old.