Galatasaray right-back Sacha Boey (23) has revealed that he was the subject of interest from Olympique de Marseille and Arsenal during the summer transfer window.
After a good end to last season with the Turkish side, he has started the current season in good form too. Boey’s name has even been in the conversation for a call-up to the France national team. The former Stade Rennais defender has already been called up at U21 level, but with a lack of options at Didier Deschamps’ disposal, the France manager was asked specifically about a potential call-up for Boey in October.
“There are other players that we are tracking in this position (right-back), clearly. But there is competition and I have to consider what is best for the national team, even if it’s a position where there aren’t a lot of concrete options at the top level. But the door is always open to more solutions,” said Deschamps.
‘It is true that Marseille were interested in me’ – Boey
Whilst his future at international level is a topic of conversation, as is his future at club level. Boey was linked with a move from Galatasaray throughout the summer. The Frenchman was notably linked with Burnley and Arsenal, however, he remained in Turkey.
In an interview with Carré, Boey spoke about the interest in him during the last transfer window. “It is true that Marseille were interested in me. There were things with OM […] I had contact with clubs. Galatasaray received offers. I had opportunities in the Premier League. Was Arsenal true? I don’t think so. There were talks between Galatasaray and Arsenal, but in any case, for me, when there is interest, and there is no offer, it means nothing. There is a huge difference,” said the Frenchman.
Boey therefore seems to insinuate that Arsenal’s interest existed, given the existence of talks between the clubs, but was not concrete, as it was in the case of Marseille.
GFFN | Luke Entwistle