Turkish wonder-kid’s father reveals Manchester United and Chelsea interest

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Manchester United and Chelsea have reportedly been tracking Bursaspor ace Ozan Tufan.

The father of Bursaspor youngster Ozan Tufan has confirmed to Spanish publication AS that scouts from Manchester United and Chelsea has been tracking his son’s progress.

The 19-year-old has shot to prominence in his native Turkey as a result of a number of fabulous displays for Europa League challengers Bursaspor.

Described as a versatile player, Tufan is capable of playing on either wing, right-back or his preferred role of defensive midfielder where he has played for the Turkish national team alongside Arda Turan.

In 15 Super Lig fixtures this season, he has averaged 2.7 tackles and 1.8 interceptions per game while also finding the net on two occasions, according to statistical website Whoscored.com.

According to the Spanish publication AS, his father Mehmet Tufan has confirmed a strong list of top European clubs interested in his services including Premier League duo United and Chelsea.

“Atletico Madrid and Valencia have followed him on a number of occasions, but they aren’t the alone in their interest," he confirmed. "There are five others which have sent scouts to watch him play – Milan, Juventus, Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea."

Being a versatile defensive midfielder capable of playing in various positions, Tufan seems the exact type of player which would interest United boss Louis van Gaal.

The former Bayern Munich coach likes his players to be able to perform a number of roles for the team, and the Red Devils’ lack of defensive cover only adds weight to his alleged interest in the youngster.

The Blues, on the other hand, have in recent years purchased a number of top youngsters and it appears they are not ready to stop now.

Tufan is hot property, and the report in AS goes on to say that a number of top Turkish clubs are also eyeing a potential deal with Bursaspor reportedly wanting to start a bidding war at around €8 million.

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