Galatasaray sign former West Brom midfielder Ryan Donk on a €2.5m deal

Galatasaray have completed their first transfer of the summer signing Ryan Donk on a €2.5 million move from Kasımpaşa on a two-and-a-half year deal.

The Lions released a statement on their official website confirming the financial details of the transfer.

The statement read: “Galatasaray have reached an agreement with Kasımpaşa and Ryan Donk. The players former club will receive a €2.5 million transfer fee and the salary will be broken down as follow.

2015-16 season: €750,000 in addition to €15,000 per-match bonus (which will be paid after his 12th start)

2016-17 season: €1.5 million in addition to €15,000 per-match bonus (which will be paid after his 25th start)

2017-18 season: €1.5 million in addition to €15,000 per-match bonus (which will be paid after his 25th start)”

The transfer fee was criticised by Galatasaray fan groups as being excessive for a player with just six-months remaining on his current contract.

Galatasaray would have been able to sign Donk on a free transfer this summer but were desperate to bring in a replacement for Felipe Melo who on the summer transfer deadline joining Inter.

Donk has years of experience playing Süper Lig football for Istanbul minnows Kasımpaşa who are currently joint third alongside Galatasaray on 30 points.

The 29-year-old has previously played in the Netherlands, Belgium and the Premier League for West Brom on a one-season loan in 2008-09.

The reigning Süper Lig champions are 11 points behind league leaders Beşiktaş and 10 behind second-placed rivals Fenerbahçe.

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