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Manchester City Monitor 20 Y/O Turkish Midfielder: Star For The Future?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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Manchester City are eyeing up a move for Trabzonspor midfielder Yusuf Yazici. Some sources are claiming that the Turkish starlet has caught the attention of some top European clubs following a string of exceptional performances in the Turkish Super League. Premier League duo, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly tracking the midfielder as well who has scored 2 goals and made 3 assists in 15 appearances for Trabzonspor this season.

According to a recent report, Manchester City has apparently sent scouts to watch him in action during Trabzonspor’s 3-0 triumph over Antalyaspor in December. Yazici put in an excellent display in that match and caught the eye while bagging an assist during his side’s comprehensive victory. His efforts have helped lift Trabzonspor to 7th place in the Turkish Super League standings. The Turkish side are currently just seven points off leaders, Galatasaray S.K. in the league standings and it is partly down to the 20-year-old’s emergence.

Trabzonspor does not want to part ways with their prized asset but it is believed that a £17.5m bid might be enough to convince them to sell. With Manchester City currently cruising in the Premier League, Pep Guardiola can afford to splash some cash on talented youngsters as he looks to build for the future. If the move does happen, it seems highly unlikely that Yazici will find enough game time at the Etihad this season with Kevin De Bruyne, Fernandinho, David Silva and İlkay Gündoğan being used in the senior squad.

 

The Citizens are currently top of the Premier League and are 11 points clear of their arch-rivals, Manchester United. They currently boast one of the best training facilities and arguably, the best academy in the world. The potential arrival of Yazici at City will definitely help him grow and develop until he’s ready to take the step up to the Premier League. Pep Guardiola is known to believe in his youngsters and hand them a chance as evidenced by Phil Foden’s debut in the Champions League last week.

The Trabzonspor starlet has made a total of 46 appearances for the club and has scored 10 goals and made 16 assists during his time in Turkey. He has also earned 4 international caps for the Turkish national team and has represented his nation at both the Under 19 and Under 21 levels as well.

It remains to be seen if Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola can fend off strong competition from their North London rivals in pursuit of his signature.

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