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Turkish Tottenham target in talks with “a few teams” over summer transfer

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Spurs had reportedly agreed on a transfer fee for the “Turkish Dybala” but the rumors have gone quiet lately.

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A few weeks ago, news came out that Tottenham Hotspur had an £8m bid accepted for teenage Turkish striker Cengiz Ünder by his club, Basaksehir. Ünder, who various online outlets are calling the “Turkish Dybala” (ugh), scored nine goals for Basaksehir last season, leading them to a surprise second place finish in the Turkish Super Lig.

But since that initial report, the rumors have dried up somewhat, and there doesn’t appear to have been much movement. According to Basaksehir, that’s because Ünder has a number of suitors for his services this summer including Lille and Manchester United. Here are the quotes from vice president Mustafa Saral, as quoted in Turkish-Football:

“Several clubs have been scouting Cengiz. Lille have held direct talks with us, we have held talks with a few teams that have been mentioned.

“Our response has been the same, it is an honour to receive so much interest but we feel it is in his best interests to spend one more season here and then leave.

“We will see what happens.”

I think we can safely assume that We feel that it is in his best interests to stay is football operations code for We feel that we should receive more money for his transfer. The lack of any news since this first broke in late May is a little disconcerting, but since the original report was sourced from the Times of London, that makes me suspect that this is probably still in the works, but just taking a long time. Which makes sense, considering that the transfer window hasn’t even officially opened yet, and even if he signs Ünder is going to be behind Harry Kane.

In short, this is a story to keep watching.