Talented Brazilian leaves club to avoid having to deal with that latest batch of money-mad additions.
Galatasaray have completed the signing of Elano from Manchester City.
The Brazilian has signed a four-year contract with the Turkish side and will officially join the club on 31 July.
Elano arrived at Eastlands from Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk for £8m in 2007 and quickly established himself as a fans’ favourite.
However, the 28-year-old struggled to find consistency last season and found first-team opportunities limited under manager Mark Hughes.
He scored 18 goals in 80 appearances for City and during his time in England cemented his place in the Brazil squad.
Elano was seemingly deemed surplus to requirements at Eastlands after Hughes, backed by City’s oil-rich owners, embarked on a spending spree this summer. (BBC Sport)
Mark Hughes and Elano enjoyed a strained relationship which has essentially led the Brazilian to the rotating exit doors at the club. The Brazilian had a great first season and a fairly decent second during which he had to spend large chunks out of the first team picture.