Report: Liverpool send scouts to watch highly-rated Turkish international

Bursaspor youngster Ozan Tufan has attracted the interests of a number of top clubs.

As per a fresh report by Spanish publication AS, Liverpool sent scouts to the Amsterdam Arena yesterday to take a closer look at Turkish international Ozan Tufan.

The Buraspor youngster, a highly-rated defensive midfielder, was in action as his nation managed to hold recent World Cup semi-finalists Holland to a 1-1 draw in the Dutch capital.

Ahead of the encounter, his impressive domestic performances began to attract the interests of a number of top European clubs including Premier League rivals Manchester United, his father confirmed.

“There are five others which have sent scouts to watch him play – Milan, Juventus, Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea,” Mehmet Tufan confessed in an interview with AS a month ago.

With his reputation as one of Turkey’s most promising youngsters of his generation spreading across Europe, scouts flocked to Amsterdam yesterday to take a closer look, according to AS.

The paper states that among those were scouts employed by Liverpool as boss Brendan Rodgers continues his philosophy of aiming to bring in highly-rated youngsters and developing them at Anfield.

The Reds have scope for a new defensive midfield signing this summer as skipper Steven Gerrard is set to end his 19-year affiliation with the club for a new challenge in the United States.

However, La Liga giants Atletico Madrid are clear frontrunners in the race to acquire Tufan and used yesterday’s international encounter in order to arrange a meeting with the player’s representatives.

With fellow Turkish international Arda Turan a huge favourite in the Spanish capital, his role at the Vicente Calderon stadium could help Los Colchoneros fend off competition for his signature.

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