Freiburg defender Caglar Soyuncu could be set for a move to Arsenal this summer, according to the president of Turkish second-tier side Altinordu, for whom he used to play.
The 21-year-old centre-back, who has already been capped nine times by Turkey, has impressed in the Bundesliga since moving to Germany in a deal worth €2.65 million.
According to Turkish daily newspaper Milliyet, president Seyit Mehmet Ozkan broke the news this week while speaking at a football forum in Istanbul.
“Caglar Soyuncu [is] set to join Arsenal,” he reportedly said.
“Arsenal demanded his youth information from us. We’ll earn from him, if he joins Arsenal. Bayern Munich wants him too, but he’s on the way to the Premier League.”
Why would Ozkan be particularly excited by the prospect of Soyuncu earning Altinordu a sell-on fee?
Well, they cut something of an unusual presence in Turkish football, choosing to develop young, local prospects in a model that resembles that followed by Athletic Bilbao in Spain. More money from such clauses equals more cash to invest in the project.
According to this very interesting piece in the Guardian, “Altinordu may not be a household name yet but they are starting to turn heads among scouts and sporting directors across Europe, including the Premier League.”
Ozkan has previously been quoted as saying: “We have established close ties at sporting director, academy director and chief scout level with Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool, Bayern Munich, Roma, Udinese, Villarreal, Barcelona, Atlético Madrid among others as a result of our work.”
We’re usually pretty snarky when it comes to rumours emanating from Turkey, but this could be an interesting one. Is Sven Mislintat again tapping the German market? Let’s wait and see…