Reports: Manchester United to beat Liverpool for Turkish playmaker
What's the story?
With the winter window just a couple of months away, rumour mils across Europe are on overdrive as they try to unearth the latest bit of footballing news, and this time around we bring to you courtesy the good folk at Turkish newspaper Fanatik, some news regarding Manchester United and Liverpool.
According to those reports, United are at an advantage as the two great rivals chase the signature of Turkish international, and Trabzonspor, playmaker Yusuf Yazici.
The 20-year-old is up for a bargain £12 million these reports suggest, and both English giants are keen on getting their hands on the young talent.
In case you didn't know
Yazici is an attacking midfielder who emerged as a real force in Turkish football just last season, inspiring Trabzonspor to 6th in the Super Lig by scoring 6 goals and providing 10 assists and generally being at the heart of all good things his team came up with.
Mehmet Ekici's injury opened the doors for Yazici and he seized the opportunity with both hands starring for his hometown club after having spent nine years in the club's youth setup - and Liverpool have reportedly been behind him since summer.
The heart of the matter
The entry of Jose Mourinho's side, though, complicates things for the Merseysiders and they appear to have lost the "favourites" tag amongst those chasing the signature of the highly-rated Turk.
Of course, the Turkish club's President Muharram Usta is in no mood to let go of his gem, saying: "I want to see Yusuf here for our 50th-year-anniversary squad. He will be sold when the time is right, Yusuf will be an ambassador for the club and reach the highest level."
But his statements clearly indicate a willingness to sell sometime in the near future!
Here's Yazici in full flow:
He'd be a great addition to either squad!
Yazici is an ultra-talented playmaker who would prove valuable for either United or Liverpool as the effects of the arduously long English season kicks in. It will be interesting to see how long the Turkish side can keep ahold of their star now that Europe's big boys have come knocking!