Manchester City are set to sign Turkish wonderkid Enes Ünal for an agreed fee worth up to €3 million plus a 10 percent sell-on clause. Manuel Pellegrini’s side has beaten away competitions from Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea for the young striker’s signature.
The striker has made 35 appearances for Turkish side Bursaspor and scored 4 goals. The Turkish International is seen as his country’s most exciting young talent – with an astonishing record of 181 goals in 108 games for youth teams – and has already represented his nation at senior level. At 16 years, three months and 15 days, he also holds the record for the youngest goalscorer in the Super Lig when he netted against Galatasaray on 1st August 2013.
Unal, who was also linked with Chelsea, made his senior international debut in a friendly against Luxembourg in March. The young striker had scored 25 goals in 24 games for Turkey U16 team. He had also appeared for Turkish U17 and U21 national teams in 3 and 4 games respectively and scored once at both levels.
Bursaspor president Recep Bolukbasi told Lig TV that Turkey international Unal, 18, was set to travel to England once the work permit procedure had been completed to undertake a medical.
Unal’s agent, Batur Altiparmak, also confirmed the deal, telling Turkish-football,com: “An agreement in principle has been reached. Bursaspor have given Enes permission to join Manchester City and undergo a medical.”
A work permit for Unal is yet to be confirmed and it is understood that the youngster would be loaned out for a year if one is not granted.
Unal would become the first Turkish player to join Manchester City should the deal go ahead and the youngest Super Lig player to move to the Premier League. Bursaspor have a reputation for developing forwards and recently sold the 19-year-old striker Batuhan Altıntas to Hamburg for £350,000.
The Turkish young striker is rated highly across Europe and attracted scouts from round the world. Manchester City has done brilliantly to sign him and he develops properly he can be a regular goal getter in Premier League.