Gomis leaves Swansea

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Swansea City striker Bafe­timbi Gomis has com­pleted his move to Galatasaray, the Pre­mier League club have an­nounced.

Galatasaray an­nounced on their Twit­ter ac­count on Tues­day night that of­fi­cial talks had be­gan with Swansea to sign Gomis.

The 12-times capped France for­ward posted a pic­ture of him­self on In­sta­gram on an Is­tan­bul-bound plane on Wed­nes­day.

He was later pic­tured on the of­fi­cial Galatasaray web­site draped in a club scarf, and the deal was quickly con­cluded. “We can con­firm that @ BafGomis has joined @Galatasaray for an undis­closed fee,” Swansea said on their of­fi­cial Twit­ter ac­count. “Good luck, Bafe!” Swansea are ex­pected to re­ceive around £2.5 mil­lion (Dh11.87m) for the 31-yearold, who joined them on a free trans­fer from Lyon in 2014.

Gomis signed a four-year con­tract at the Lib­erty Sta­dium, but had a lim­ited im­pact dur­ing his time in south Wales af­ter be­gin­ning his Swansea ca­reer as back-up to Wil­fried Bony.

Af­ter Bony’s de­par­ture to Manch­ester City in Jan­uary 2015, Gomis es­tab­lished him­self as Swansea’s main striker and scored 17 goals in 71 games.

But he spent last sea­son on loan at Ligue 1 club Mar­seille, where he scored 20 goals in 31 league games.

Be­fore leav­ing for Turkey, he posted a farewell to the club’s fans on In­sta­gram, say­ing: “I had come with a very spe­cific goal, to help the club qual­ify for Europe and score 20 goals, and this hap­pened.

“To­day a page turns for me. I have made the choice to leave for a new ex­pe­ri­ence, I leave with a heavy heart be­cause I leave friends, broth­ers, a sta­dium, a city, a fam­ily, great men.”

Swansea are set to re­place Gomis by sign­ing Chelsea’s Eng­land Un­der-21 striker Tammy Abra­ham on a sea­son-long loan.

Abra­ham spent last sea­son at Bris­tol City – scor­ing 23 goals in the Cham­pi­onship – and Chelsea were keen for the 19-year-old to gain fur­ther loan ex­pe­ri­ence in the Pre­mier League.

The deal should be for­mally com­pleted fol­low­ing Eng­land Un­der 21’s de­par­ture from Euro 2017, where Abra­ham scored in nor­mal time be­fore miss­ing a penalty in the semi-fi­nal shoot-out de­feat to Ger­many.

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