Tottenham and Arsenal in hunt for highly-rated Euro wonderkid, bid already made - report
By Danny Wright
Fenerbahce president Aziz Yildirim has confirmed that Manchester City have had a bid knocked back for wonderkid Oguz Kagan Guctekin.
The Sun has reported that Tottenham and their north London rivals Arsenal are in the hunt for the 18-year-old, but it is Premier League title contenders City who have made the first move for him and have tabled an offer worth £4.5million.
It is understood that Fenerbahce are looking for a higher offer for the highly-rated European teenager.
“Manchester City have made a €5m (£4.5m) offer for him,” said Yildrim, as quoted by the Sun.
“We turned down the offer.
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“We gave assurances that he will play this season, do not be surprised to see him in the starting XI as a number right.”
The report says that Tottenham and Arsenal have both sent their scouts to track the Turkey Under-18 international, who is yet to make his senior debut for Fenerbahce despite starring on their bench in their first two fixtures of this season.
Guctekin only signed his first professional deal with the Istanbul giants last summer and as he is being tipped as the next big thing in Turkey, the Sun reports that his contractual situation and Yildrim’s assertion won’t fend off attention from across Europe.
Football Insider Verdict
Turkey is a country that is fastly emerging as one of Europe’s best producers of young talent. Most of the top German teams have already tapped into the market and its about time that some of the Premier League’s elite also started taking a look at what there is to offer there. Guctekin looks to be the real deal. He will no doubt earn his Fenerbahce debut this season if he is still there after the transfer window closes. If he joins Tottenham, he could also be a feature in Mauricio Pochettino’s thinned out squad in the near future. Spurs have good options in the midfield, but there aren’t really and up and coming enforcers in the squad. Guctekin could be the man to fill that void.
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