OKAN UDO – Lions acquire Turkey keeper Sinan on loan from Porto

Lions acquire Turkey keeper Sinan on loan from PortoGalatasaray, aka the Lions, has acquired 25-year-old Turkey keeper Sinan Bolat on loan from Portuguese powerhouse Porto and informed the stock market accordingly on Tuesday.The Istanbul club will not pay Porto a single dime for the one-year loan deal, but Sinan will receive a fixed salary of 13 million euros per annum plus 20,000 euros per match.

With the Lions having qualified directly for the UEFA Champions League this season, Sinan will serve as an understudy to first-choice Uruguay keeper Fernando MusleraThe Kayseri-born Sinan started his professional career at the age of 17 with Belgian side Koninklijke Racing Club (KRC) Genk in 2005 and played there until 2008.He then moved to another Belgian side, Standard Liege, where he stayed from 2009-13.

Sinan performed extremely well in the 2009-10 season, helping his new team win the domestic league title and qualifying automatically for the group stages of the UEFA Champions League. In the 2009-10 pre-season, Bolat also fared well in the Belgian Super Cup as Liege overcame his former club Genk 2-0 to start the new season with a trophy.

Manchester United and Arsenal reportedly made offers for Sinan in May 2009.Sinan also has a place in the Champions League record books.

In Liege’s final group game against Dutch team AZ Alkmaar on Dec. 9, 2009, Bolat pushed up field after a free kick was awarded in the 95th minute and scored a beautiful headed goal for his team’s 1–1 equalizer The draw earned Liege third place in the group and a spot in the second-tier Europa League at the expense of Alkmaar It also earned Sinan a place in history as the only goalkeeper ever to score a goal in open play in a Champions League match.

The Turkey keeper joined Porto as a free agent on July 30, 2013 and later signed a five-year contract. He was given on loan to Kayserispor in 2014 and again on loan to Galatasaray on Tuesday.

Sinan has played at the youth level for Turkey, winning four caps in the U-19 team and three in the U-21 squad. He was called up by the Turkey senior national by coach Fatih Terim for the 2010 World Cup qualification games in September 2009 but ended up as an unused substitute.

He gained his first cap for the national team on Aug. 10, 2011 in a friendly match against Estonia at Istanbul’s Turk Telekom Arena, which Turkey won 3-0.

But one thing is certain: Sinan has to work very hard at Galatasaray to be able earn a place in the team’s first XI because if Muslera maintains his form, Sinan’s chances of making the starting lineup will be as flimsy as gossamer.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman