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